Community invited to participate in PFT's next master plan

Workshop scheduled June 12 at the Cannon Centre is open to the public

Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Community invited to participate in PFT's next master plan

Jim Fair

The Partnership for Tomorrow (PFT), a community initiative formed in 1998 for the future of Greer, is inviting participation from the greater Greer community as it works with design firm Kimley-Horn and Associates’ Charlotte office to develop a community master plan that will serve as a blueprint for Greer for the next two decades.

PFT has sponsored two five-year plans with significant results, and identifies the Greer Community Master Plan as the third installment. Engaging the community to be committed to the planning process and willing to help shape the outcomes is crucial, according to PFT officials.

The Plan Greer website was created to help the community remain informed about the master plan. In addition to news and resources, individuals may sign up for a mailing list that will keep them informed throughout the planning process.

A community survey is available as an interactive way for individuals to share their thoughts.

A community workshop is planned for Thursday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Centre. A presentation and facilitated activities will be part of the program.

Goals for the master plan includes a community-wide vision to guide growth and development, improve the stability, physical condition, and economic wellbeing of the city, and to make Greer a more livable and sustainable community of choice between now and 2030.

Among topics that affect quality of life and economic vitality are: infrastructure, parks and open space, housing choices and affordability, walkable neighborhoods, protecting existing neighborhoods, road congestion, transportation choices and connectivity, downtown development, and development pattern.

PFT’s plan completed in 1998 included a vision for a downtown municipal complex that was realized a decade later when Greer City Hall, City Park, and the Police and Court Complex.

“The Municipal Complex is proof that the planning process works,” said Ed Driggers, Greer City Administrator and chair of the Community Master Plan Committee. “Master planning isn’t predicting the future. It’s the science of determining where we are as a city and what we want it to become in the near future. Community input makes that possible.”





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