First goal of planning: Know plan

info@islandpacket.comOctober 23, 2013 

The number of questions and concerns still in the air about the proposed Beaufort Civic Plan makes a special workshop today important for the public.

The 300-page document, which is still being edited but being pushed for City Council votes, is to be discussed at a meeting of the Beaufort-Port Royal Metropolitan Planning Commission, city Redevelopment Commission, Historic Beaufort Foundation and city staff.

The plan has been in the works for many months. But that does not mean there should be rush to the finish line for something designed to guide the city for the next 100 years.

The most recent draft of the plan was completed and posted online for the public Friday. On Monday, the metropolitan planning commission tabled a vote on it because some members said neither they nor the public have had time to digest the changes.

The first requirement of good planning should be that all parties are sure what's in the plan. That includes the public.

The public workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room of City Hall, 1911 Boundary St. The document is available on the city's website, www.cityofbeaufort.org. Pay attention.

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