Just because Beaufort's Redevelopment Commission recommended City Council adopt the Civic Master Plan, that doesn't mean the document won't change again.
The commission approved the draft plan Thursday night on a 5-2 vote, with commissioners Henrietta Goode and Wendy Zara voting against it.
The plan outlines development of vacant and important properties, road and transportation changes, access to water, stormwater needs, parks, and areas targeted for economic development.
"We're not the approval body," commission chairman Jon Verity said in an effort to address some concerns about the document . "We're the moving-it-on body... This doesn't end public input; this just moves things to the next stage."
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Additional revisions will be presented to the Metropolitan Planning Commission when it reviews and possibly votes on the plan Oct. 21. Once that vote occurs, the Civic Master Plan moves to City Council.
A hearing on the plan before council is scheduled for Tuesday. It will gather additional input on the document from the public. Mayor Billy Keyserling said council will not conduct a hearing on the draft until the planning commission votes.
Thursday's commission vote was made with the understanding Historic Beaufort Foundation representatives will continue to work with the city's Office of Civic Investment on additional edits and changes.
Foundation representatives and some commissioners advocated holding off on a vote until more edits were done.
"My thing is, when we pass it on, let's make sure it's what we want to pass on," Goode said.
Zara said she hadn't had time to review the most recent draft, which was emailed to commissioners Thursday.
"Did you read the changes between noon and the meeting today?" she asked fellow commissioners. "I didn't. I didn't have time to."
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Work, edits continue on Beaufort's proposed Civic Master Plan, Sept. 24, 2013
Redevelopment Commission, residents: more work needed on Beaufort Civic Master Plan, Sept. 5, 2013