Work, edits continue on Beaufort's proposed Civic Master Plan

emoody@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 24, 2013 

  • In other news, council:

  • Appointed several residents to vacant seats on advisory boards. Richardson LaBruce, Jeremiah Smith and Jan Malinowski were appointed to the Housing Authority board. Buffy Computaro was appointed to the Election Commission. Michelle Knoll was appointed to the Historic Review Board.

  • Interviewed several candidates for advisory boards. Dan Ahern applied to the Design Review Board; Julie McKay to the Tourism Development Advisory Committee or the Tourism Management Advisory Committee; Ron Lewis to the Zoning Board of Appeals; and Joseph Knoll to the Historic District Review Board.

  • Met in a closed-door session to discuss proposed contractual arrangements. No additional specific information was given.

  • Approved requests related to the annual Veterans Day Parade and the annual Exchange Club Ghost Tours.

  • Proclaimed October as Archaeology Month.

With concerns and recommendations continuing to come to Beaufort officials, the proposed Civic Master Plan continues to be a work in progress.

And unless both the Redevelopment Commission and the Beaufort/Port Royal Metropolitan Planning Commission vote on a recommendation before Oct. 8, the first hearing before City Council may be postponed, Mayor Billy Keyserling said after Tuesday's city council meeting.

To get both recommendations by then, the Metropolitan Planning Commission would need to have a special meeting since its next regularly scheduled one isn't until Oct. 21. The Redevelopment Commission meets Oct. 3.

If the city council hearing is pushed back, it would probably move to Oct. 22 and have a first vote as early as Nov. 12. Two votes are needed for approval.

"We don't want to hold things up," Keyserling said during the work session Tuesday, "... but we don't want to not include anyone."

The plan has been undergoing a lengthy process of review, edits and public comment meetings. The Metropolitan Planning Commission met about it Sept. 16, and chairwoman Alice Howard said the group received many comments during and afterward.

The Civic Master Plan includes ideas for development of vacant and key properties, road and transportation changes, access to water, stormwater needs, parks and areas where economic development efforts should be focused upon.

Howard said committee members feel they will have plenty of time to review everything by the next meeting.

A list of running edits and feedback, which was last updated Aug. 22, along with the most current public version of the plan, is available at the city's website, www.cityofbeaufort.org.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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