County may start looking at "road map"

Administrator suggests hiring a planning graduate student
UPDATE: A swearing-in ceremony for Jim Coleman as the new Laurens County Auditor will be at the beginning of TONIGHT'S meeting.

Laurens County Council on Tuesday will consider taking a first step in the "where we want to go" process of developing a Master Plan.

County Administrator Jon Caime is suggesting to Council that he be allowed to hire a second year graduate student in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University to work Aug. 2016 - May 2017 on developing a Stage 2 (of three proposed stages) plan for the county's future growth. Caime says to the council in a memo, "This is not zoning. This is simply planning for the future we desire."

At its July 26, 5:30 pm meeting, Council will consider Caime's request for a $6,087 appropriation, mostly likely from the contingency fund, to hire the graduate student. This person will not be a county employee, and will work directly with Caime. Part of Caime's presentation is an Upstate map that shows the economic growth in Oconee, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenwood counties - and the stagnation/lack of growth in Laurens and Abbeville counties.

Caime's presentation will stress the importance of Laurens County "planning for its future."

The Council meeting - open to the public under the SC Freedom of Information Act - will be held in council chambers, second floor of the historic courthouse in downtown Laurens. Anyone who wants to address the council (agenda item nine, 15 minute time limit) must register at the podium before the meeting starts.

Council also is scheduled to give the 2nd of 3 required readings to the Fire Budget, and conduct a public hearing on a SC Economic Development Administration Bond for Presbyterian Communities. Caime's report to Council, members' comments and an executive session to discuss an employment matter are on the agenda.


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