Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dorchester County Comprehensive Plan

The Dorchester County comprehensive plan has moved nearer to adoption after the third public hearing with compromise language appearing to bring closer together both sides of the growth/development issue.

"The proposed comprehensive plan marks wide areas of rural land for low-density development, including the Highway 61 corridor and thousands of acres around Four Hole Swamp west of Summerville." (The Post and Courier, 11/4/08.)

"The Bend" area near the Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center is located between Harleyville and Ridgeville and east of I-26 where Four Holes Swamp makes its sharp bend toward the Edisto River. This area has been designated to remain in its current low-density, rural land use. It can be seen, however, that the county lines between Dorchester County, Berkeley County and Orangeburg County run through the middle of Four Holes Swamp. Therefore, this comprehensive plan only deals with the western half of the swamp and adjacent lands.

As growth and development continue in our area, we will remain engaged to ensure the accomplishment of our mission, "...to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity."

Image from the Dorchester County webpage.

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