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Governor convenes a land use conference in Charlestom

Public is invited to meeting on Monday

Governor Sanford is convening a conference on land use planning and development in Charleston on Monday, March 26th. We have ssen little publicity of the event and are posting notice as we suspect that lots of residents who will be interested in attending, The all-day event will be at the Dockside Theatre. Attendees are asked to RSVP by today, either by fax or e mail. The e mail address is given below.

The text of the Governor's letter follows:

Dear Friends,
Over the next 20 years South Carolina faces both profound opportunities and challenges as we grow as a state. Companies will invest billions of dollars in new housing, commercial buildings and recreational amenities to serve our growing population, and the question before all of us lies in whether or not it will be done in a way that enhances or degrades quality of life. For example, in the Berkeley/Charleston/Dorchester region alone there are more than 135,000 new residential units on the drawing boards. Simultaneously, the public sector must ensure that roads, sewer, water lines, and schools are available to support similar residential growth across the state.

Cumulatively, South Carolina faces $30.6 billion in infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. This brings more than financial cost alone, as we are currently suffering from the problems of poorly lanned growth in many parts of the state. Traffic congestion is worsening in our metropolitan regions and taxes are rising to cover new capital costs. In fact, it was with these forces at work that the former Virginia Department of Transportation director – whose career had been devoted to building more roads – was led to believe that there must be a different way. Indeed there may well be, and we plan to explore growth and development options at a Land Use Conference next week – and I would love for you to join us.

The conference will be held in Charleston on March 26th. It will address the challenges we face, and more importantly, offer strategies for growth that in turn have an impact on issues as wide ranging as the cost of government to the cost of coastal insurance. Some of the nation's top real estate and planning experts will be on hand to facilitate our discussion, and the details of the conference are attached. I personally would appreciate your taking the time to attend, and in the event you can join us, I look forward to seeing you there. Until then, take care.


Mark Sanford

Monday March 26,
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Dock Street Theatre
135 Church Street
8:00 am Welcome Mayor Joe Riley
8:15 Introduction Gov. Mark Sanford
8:30-10:00 Assessment of the Situation Andrés Duany
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 The Environmental Impact of Sprawl Dana Beach
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Who Wants to Live in These Places Jackie Benson
Local Perspective Ken Jackson
12:15-1:15 Lunch in
1:15-2:15 The New Urban Retail Robert Gibbs
2:15-3:15 Taming the Traffic Rick Chellman
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 The Inner City Andrés Duany
5:00-6:00 Q & A
Please use the enclosed reply form to RSVP by Tuesday, March 20, 2007. If you have questions, please contact Marisa Crawford at 803/734-6808 or

March 26, 2007
Charleston, South Carolina
Reply Form
Yes, I will attend the South Carolina Land Use Conference on
Monday, March 26th – including lunch.
City: Zip:
Please fax to Marisa Crawford, Office of the Governor, 803/734-5167 or
e-mail the above information to

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