Welcome to the City of Walhalla’s Comprehensive Plan webpage! This webpage will be used to keep you informed throughout the process on upcoming meetings, useful information, and ways you can get involved and voice your opinions on how to plan for Walhalla’s future! Visit this page to share your input and stay up-to-date on the latest information and public engagement activities related to the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is both a community vision for the future and a blueprint for how to get there. The Comprehensive Plan will communicate the community’s goals and objectives, creating a framework for future strategies. This living document will provide decision-making guidance for establishing programs, policies and ordinances to achieve the community’s vision and goals.
There are ten required “elements”, per SC State Code, that every Comprehensive Plan must address – population, economic development, natural resources, cultural/historic resources, community facilities & services, housing, land use, transportation, resiliency and priority investments.
Who Is Involved?
The planning process will be guided by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
The different sections of the plan will be facilitated by Focus Groups, made up of Council members, Planning Commissioners, Partners and Walhalla Residents. The following Focus Groups are anticipated, but subject to change:
Population, Economic Development and Land Use
Natural Resources and Resiliency
Community Facilities and Services
Housing and Transportation
Cultural/Historical Resources and Health & Active Living
The planning process will include a extensive public engagement component to gather input about the future of Walhalla from residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders in the community. This might include surveys, pop-up engagements stands, vision boards, listening sessions, workshops, etc.
Who Writes the Plan?
The entire community participates in developing the community vision and setting future goals for the City. The Community Development staff will be responsible for writing the plan, with guidance from the Planning Commission. Attention will be paid to incorporating the public’s comments from a variety of public engagements. The public will have multiple opportunities to comment and review the vision and plan before it goes to City Council for adoption.
Ways to Engage
Steering Committee: We are currently looking for two citizens who would like to serve on the Steering Committee. These individuals will be responsible for overseeing the Focus Groups; compiling the public input to develop the Community Vision and Goals; co-hosting public engagement opportunities; communicating with the public; and much more. If you would like to serve, please complete and submit the application (online or in-person at City Hall).
Information regarding Focus Groups and Public Meetings Coming Soon!
We are currently accepting applications for Steering Committee members. See below.
Focus Groups: Coming Soon!
Public Engagement Opportunities: Coming Soon!
Sign up for emails regarding Community Development and the Comprehensive Plan Process
Tentative schedule for the Comprehensive Plan Process
The current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2015 and can be viewed here.