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home : news : lakelands & beyond April 29, 2016

5/8/2014 11:15:00 PM
County set to proceed with Lake Greenwood master plan
Area proposed for a Lake Greenwood master plan, outlined in red.
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Area proposed for a Lake Greenwood master plan, outlined in red.

Brian King
Staff Writer

A master plan for Lake Greenwood could soon be on the way. Planning director Phil Lindler presented a framework for a master plan to council at the administration and finance committee meeting Tuesday.

Lindler said the master plan would be a comprehensive regional study of Lake Greenwood and the surrounding areas.

“We’ve had a number of studies on the lake, in the lake, about the lake,” Lindler said. “However, we have never had a comprehensive overview of what the lake is, what it is for our community, what potential the lake holds for Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties.”

Lindler said the plan would include natural resources and environment, tourism and quality of life, land use, economic development, and infrastructure and public services. The area to be studied is an area around Lake Greenwood which covers portions of Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties. Lindler met with county manager Toby Chappell and Greenwood Partnership Alliance Heather Simmons Jones to discuss the framework for the master plan.

Lindler said there was no cost estimate at this time. The county will send out a Request for Qualifications, or RFQ, and solicit bids from qualified firms for the project. Chappell said, ideally, both Laurens and Newberry counties would share in the cost of the master plan development since it will impact those counties as well.

Chappell told council the next step would be meeting with stakeholders of the lake and determining in more detail what the scope of the plan would be. Chappell also said the plan needed an implementation strategy so that interested parties could see exactly what action needed to be taken to achieve the goals laid out in the master plan. Stakeholder meetings will take place over the next several weeks and Chappell will bring the matter before council again in about two months.

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