Our quality of life is directly tied to the way we design our communities. The proximity of our homes to schools, parks, shops, and dining in large part determines how we can get to and enjoy those destinations. Good community design requires a shared community vision and land use policies to make that vision reality. Would you build a house without a set of blueprints or consider investing in a business without a solid long-term plan? If not, wouldn’t you also expect to plan for your community’s future?
Comprehensive Planning in Landrum
The City of Landrum is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, an important step in planning for an active, healthy, and prosperous community. The plan update, led by city leaders with assistance from Upstate Forever, will serve as a blueprint for future development. Learn more here.
Building a Healthy Boiling Springs
Upstate Forever and the Upstate Family Resource Center have partnered through a Mary Black Foundation grant to convene the “Building a Healthy Boiling Springs” Cohort. This diverse, cross-sector group is in training to better understand the connection between the built environment—the buildings, transportation corridors, and physical networks that shape a community—and public health. Learn more here.
Other Small Towns Advancing Active Living Plans & Policies
Upstate Forever works with cities and towns across Spartanburg County to help create vibrant communities that support active living and boost the local economy. In 2016, Upstate Forever partnered with the Chesnee community to secure and implement technical assistance through the South Carolina American Planning Association for an economic development action plan. Click here to learn more. We are continuing to assist the community to implement action-plan strategies in 2017. Pedestrian-friendly standards have been adopted in Duncan and Inman, and Duncan has received funding to complete some elements of its downtown streetscape vision. Learn more here.