Goals and strategies identifying capital improvements, initiatives, ordinance updates, and other projects included in this Plan are proposed for implementation according to a relative schedule of short-, mid-, and long- term action items. Short-term actions are identified for implementation within the next two (2020-2022) years, mid-term within the next five (2020-2025) years, and long-term actions are identified for implementation within the next twenty years (2020-2040). Targeted years of implementation, responsible departments or agencies, potential funding sources and current cost estimates are provided where possible.
Livability and quality of life
As the City grows, ensure a high quality of life city-wide by enhancing and connecting existing communities and building well-designed neighborhoods, encouraging infill and redevelopment and providing accessible gathering places throughout the City.
Goal 1: Promote the stability and maintenance of established residential neighborhoods.
Goal 2: Foster a sense of security and community pride in neighborhoods and public spaces
Goal 3: Support investment in sustainable neighborhoods, including expansion of homeownership opportunities, affordable housing and infill development
Goal 4: Enhance the character, design, and identity of neighborhoods and corridors
Sustainable growth and resiliency
Balance growth impacts with the needs of the environment to ensure sustainability and resiliency.
Goal 1: Maintain a balance between the natural and built environment to alleviate the effects of growth on the natural environment and quality of life
Goal 2: Enhance natural resources as green infrastructure to build resiliency and protect water quality by minimizing impacts of stormwater and nuisance flooding
Goal 3: Use the future land use plan to serve as the framework for sustainable land uses and development patterns, including mixed use, dense development
Goal 4: Enable the provision of facilities and infrastructure to meet the needs of the existing and future population through coordination of land use planning with the availability of related infrastructure
Expand a vibrant and diversified economic climate that provides a range of employment opportunities, retains existing businesses and attracts new
Goal 1: Encourage economic activity that capitalizes on North Charleston’s locational advantages and economic assets
Goal 2: Locate intensive commercial and/or industrial uses where supportive infrastructure exists and impacts on neighborhoods can be mitigated
Goal 3: Attract businesses that will provide increased opportunities for North Charleston’s citizens to work within the city, thereby creating a strong local employment base
Goal 4: Utilize North Charleston’s cultural assets as a generator for the local economy
Mobility and connectivity
Connect residents and visitors with employment, shopping, educational institutions, and activity centers through safe and efficient multi-modal regional
Goal 1: Promote a safe and reliable multi-modal transportation system
Goal 2: Encourage connectivity of neighborhoods and increased mobility options while increasing safety measures
Goal 3: Encourage land use patterns designed to support transit, including compact, walkable, mixed-use developments