On Tuesday September 1, VisionKershaw 2030 will host a Community Input Workshop at Elgin Town Hall at 2469 Main Street in Elgin following the Elgin Town Council meeting.
Other meetings will be held throughout the county, including one scheduled this Thursday at the Bethune Recreation Center.
Kershaw County Planner Michael Conley says the purpose of the workshops is to educate about VisionKershaw 2030 and to gather feedback from community members.
“Vision Kershaw 2030 is a statement encompassing what we want to do for us as a county, what we want the county to look like. We hope to get a vision plan for goals and strategies to implement and a longer range plan to give the county a direction for where we want to go. We want to get input from the citizens of Kershaw County and reach out to as many communities in Kershaw county as possible,” Conley said.
Conley said that in some cases for community meetings, VisionKershaw 2030 is attempting to hold meetings after town meetings to make attending the workshop convenient for community members.
“Directly after (Elgin Town Council) has finished their meeting we will hold the workshop. No one has to leave and more people can come,” Conley said.
Concerning the Elgin area, Conley says it is rapidly expanding due to growth from the Northeast area in Richland County. It is estimated that the West Wateree area could have Kershaw County’s highest number of residents in the upcoming years.
It is hoped the vision plan will provide a clear direction for government leaders and residents.
“We will be able to say this is where we want to go. It helps to give us the direction to go forward. County council members can say this is where we need to focus … If someone represents something not along with our vision we can know it is not in line of where we want to go.”
Conley also acknowledged the plan might change and will have to be flexible.
“We understand this may change in five or 10 years. That’s fine but this will help to have everyone more focused and understand where we are going as a county. We want this to be transparent,”
For more information on VisionKershaw 2030 such as community workshop dates, and to take a survey for the project, visit www.visionker shaw2030.org.