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Some residents unhappy with Summerville vision plan

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SUMMERVILLE, SC - Some residents of Summerville are not happy about the new Summerville Vision Plan.

From building new homes in the downtown area to improving roads and pedestrian crossings, the consultants hired by the town to put together the $213,000 Summerville Vision Plan gave a quick overview to residents of what the future of Summerville might look like over the next 25 years.

But during the council meetings normal public comment session, one resident said, "this is a title wave of construction." You could tell a number of residents have problems with the details. "I was shocked when I read that there is proposal for 880 new housing units in the downtown area within a five block radius of Civic Center."

A downtown resident brought a picture of her home, and a multi-story building being built right next to her property. She said she is concerned about development like this being added downtown without notifying residents.

A resident of Ashborough, which is not in the city of Summerville, wanted to know why her community was even in Summerville's plan. "It does show Ashborough as part of the annexation. It does show bridges. It shows a bridge over the Ashley River."

And while the public will not get an official public hearing until next week, the full council voted to approve the first hearing of the plan Wednesday night.

We asked Summerville Mayor Bill Collins if he felt like it was appropriate to have the first vote before the public even has a public hearing. "Absolutely. We're moving this process along. We explained when it started seven or eight months ago, what the process would be like.

Mayor Collins says the fears of this plan are exactly why the plan is needed. "This vision plan is aimed at controlling development... we've got to try to get a handle on this rather than just allow it to happen haphazardly."

While the first official vote on the plan did take place Wednesday night, the first official public hearing on the plan takes place Monday at 4 PM at Town Hall.
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