"Imagine Charleston," Charleston's new, comprehensive urban development plan, will be revised and ready for submission to city council within the next few months.
Wednesday, the city's planning department discussed the proposal with the Charleston Planning Commission, a citizen committee authorized by city council.
Ultimately, the comprehensive plan will become the city's official guide to moving forward with development and projects in the city.
Since the plan was first released to the public in June, the planning department has been revising it and, in part, taking into consideration public comments made about the concept during a 30-day comment period.
Once the plan is finalized within the next 45 days, the city planning department will present the proposal to the Municipal Planning Commission, which will decide whether to recommend it be adopted. Then, it must receive an affirmative vote by the Planning Committee, which is made of city council members. The Charleston City Council will have the final vote on the plan before it becomes law.
The last time the city updated its comprehensive plan was in 1996. That proposal was a booklet of more than 200 pages of text, with a few graphs. Vriendt said that by the time he started working for the city in 1999, the idea was essentially forgotten.
"We really don't want to repeat those past mistakes," he said.
The new comprehensive plan is much more visual-oriented, with numerous graphics and renditions of proposed projects.