Action Plan

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

Economic opportunity

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
transportation systems

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