Blueprint Bluffton Comprehensive Plan
An updated Comprehensive Plan will provide a fresh long-range vision for the Town of Bluffton. Initially adopted by the Town in 2007, the Comprehensive Plan was last amended in 2014. Since the initial 2007 Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Bluffton has become one of the fastest growing communities in the state of South Carolina. Just one-square mile in 2001, annexation has expanded the Town’s boundaries to more than 54 square miles. This growth, however, presents challenges as Bluffton navigates its future while retaining its natural, historic and eclectic character as one of South Carolina’s few remaining coastal villages.
The Blueprint Bluffton Comprehensive Plan will serve as the vision for the Town of Bluffton and its partners in successfully guiding future development and improvements to preserve the Town’s Lowcountry character and improve the quality of life. The comprehensive planning process will assess the current state of the Town, evaluate opportunities for public infrastructure investments and private development, and provide a roadmap for future decision making by the Department of Growth Management, Planning Commission, and Town Council.
Community Engagement Update
More than 680 community members have been involved with the Blueprint Bluffton comprehensive planning process to-date through community roundtables, stakeholder roundtables, and online surveys.
Based on the initial community engagement, the following themes were developed to summarize the input received. These themes are summarized below:
To read the entire community engagement summary report, CLICK HERE.
The planning team is continuing work on the plan and there will be more opportunities to get involved in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming public meetings.
Plan Study Area
The following map illustrates the existing Town of Bluffton boundary (highlighted) and the study area for the comprehensive plan (dashed line). The plan will set forth a vision for the entire study area to ensure that any future annexations into the town align with the adjacent land uses, transportation network, green space systems, and other important factors of the built and natural environment.
Under the direction of the Bluffton Department of Growth Management, a project team led by the planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm, MKSK, will oversee the planning process along with the following consulting firms: Thomas & Hutton leading the civil engineering, water resources and priority investments; Kimley Horn, leading market analysis and resiliency; and Sottile & Sottile, who will lead civic architecture, historic preservation, and urban design support.
The planning team will also gather regular input from a steering committee composed of representatives of the local government, neighborhoods, businesses, government agencies, community groups, and local institutions.
This project kicked-off in spring 2021 and is a 14-month process. The following is a general project timeline.