Updates recommended for Beaufort master plan

emoody@beaufortgazette.comOctober 6, 2011 

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The plans for downtown Beaufort developed during an intense study process that meshed residents' opinions into one vision are one step closer to becoming part of the city's master plan.

The Redevelopment Commission unanimously voted Thursday to send the newest proposed version of the Master Civic Plan to city council for approval. This would be the largest revision to the plan since it was approved in 2009, commission chairman Jonathan Veritycq said.

The master plan would be updated with the projects and goals for downtown developed during the study and meeting with residents and business owners. The second study was completed this week, for Sectors 2 and 3, which are primarily the residential areas of Beaufort.

In other business, the commission discussed:

  • a presentation by Josh Martin of the Office of Civic Investment about the Sectors 2 and 3 study completed this week. That study lays out a potential long-term plan for the areas around Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the areas to the north and south.

  • progress of a $30-million federal stimulus grant the city is applying for to help pay for improvements to and along Boundary Street. The city has about $9 million in matching funds. A decision on the grant should be known by the end of the year, Martin said.

  • the final draft of a proposed form-based code that will be available by the end of the month, Martin said.

  • the pros, cons and possibilities available if the city took back some streets, such as Duke, from the state.

  • a poster campaign proposed by Main Street Beaufort, USA. Posters would go into windows of empty stores, directing people to the group's website.

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