Charleston's new comprehensive plan took the first of its last three steps before becoming law on Wednesday after the city's Municipal Planning Commission unanimously approved recommending the plan be adopted.
The planning commission's decision will be forwarded to city council's planning committee for a vote on Monday. If it clears that committee, the plan will go before the full city council for a vote in October.
"It's been an exciting process; it's been joy-filled," said Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis, who is also on the planning commission. "This is a community bill going forward."
The Imagine Charleston plan is a product of more than a year's worth of work, and has involved consultants, city government and members of the public. It will serve as a guide for future planning and development efforts in the city.
City Planning Director Dan Vriendt said that community input has been "so much a part of this plan."
"We literally met with over 100 individuals...throughout this process," he said.
In June, the first draft of Imagine Charleston was presented to the public during an event held at Emmanuel Baptist Church. After that, the public was given a month to provide additional comments.
Some of those comments were incorporated into the final version of Imagine Charleston now making its way through city government. Vriendt provided the commission with a three-page document that listed 24 different additions to the plan based on public feedback.
Pat Bond, chairman of the Charleston Area Alliance, said his organization favored the plan in its current form.