Deadline Nears for NE Richland Residents to Comment on Neighborhood Plan

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Northeast Richland residents still have time to weigh in on plans for the area’s future.

Richland County Community Planning & Development is seeking final input from residents as it finishes developing a neighborhood plan for the Sandhills area. The area includes the Richland Northeast Industrial Park on Clemson Road, as well as historic businesses and residences at Two Notch and Spears Creek Church roads, an area commonly known as Pontiac.

The County began work on the Sandhills Neighborhood Plan in fall 2019, gathering input from residents and businesses through surveys and community meetings.

The public can now give feedback on a number of recommendations based on that input. The recommendations focus on issues of community recreation, identity, housing, business development, beautification, safety and transportation in Northeast Richland.

Residents have until Friday, Dec. 11 to submit feedback on the ReDiscover Sandhills website, which allows people to complete a survey and comment on each proposed recommendation, use the general comment form on the project page or email the project’s engineering firm directly.

“The project team has been in the process of receiving comments and input on the draft interventions and recommendations,” said Brian Crooks, interim planning services manager for Richland County. “We appreciate all the feedback received to date and would ask residents living and working in the area to provide their thoughts and ideas over the next couple of weeks.”

The County will use residents’ comments to complete the final draft of the plan, which will go forward to the County Planning Commission next spring. If approved, the plan will then go to County Council for adoption.

To access the draft recommendations, the survey and the comment form, visit

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