Shaping Our Future
By 2040, our region’s population is projected to reach nearly 1,750,000 – an increase of 64% since 1990. If we wish to preserve our high quality of life and protect the places that make the Upstate so special, our elected leaders must better understand the broad impact of land use policies. Learn more here.
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.
Reducing Unnecessary Pavement
Current development patterns and land use regulations in the Upstate result in enormous amounts of pavement in the form of oversized roads, highways, and parking lots. These vast areas of impervious cover pose a significant threat to water quality and aquatic life, but can easily be reduced with simple changes to development standards. Learn more here.
The Highway 29 corridor is the poster child of auto-centric, unplanned development. We have worked on a shared vision for transforming this highway into a multimodal corridor that spurs economic development and improves safety. Learn more here.