RS3 Planning Collaborative, LLC

Reimagining Cameron Comprehensive Plan
Town of Cameron | Cameron, SC


Click the Reimagining Cameron Comprehensive Plan link to download the draft plan for review. 


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When: Nov 16, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Vision Statement:
The prettiest little town framed by family living and tradition, faith, unique architecture, and green spaces inviting its visitors and residents, where citizen involvement in government and commerce is encouraged.


​INTRODUCTION
It is not hard to understand why Cameron is referred to as the prettiest little town. The Town is framed by its friendly, quiet, and small-town feel. There is an enthusiasm second to none. The 3.1 square mile community is located in the southwest portion of Calhoun County. St. Mathews and Orangeburg, closest municipal neighbors, are a 12 and 14-minute drive respectively. The Town is within 48 minutes from Columbia and an hour and 17 minutes from Charleston, SC. United States Highway 176, a major arterial, traverses through the Town connecting Columbia to Charleston and several small and rural communities in between. Cameron geographically has suburb potential to the City of Orangeburg, an attraction for families who love a charming small town.

 Assignment
The Town of Cameron contracted with RS3 Planning Collaborative, LLC to develop its first comprehensive plan. It is part of a journey in creating development standards [zoning] to guide growth. We believe the Town is ready to take the next steps in defining and redefining its future without compromising its rural town character.

 Because the Town has limited staff and resources, it cannot go it alone nor should it try. Success will rely on Council creating work plans, identifying responsibilities, identifying partnerships and funding, determining the time frames, and reviewing the goals and policies More importantly, the Town has to be practical in its approach and work at a pace convenient to available funding beyond Town revenues and current/future partners. Collaboration is going to be critical to the town’s success. A closed hand does not give or receive anything. Therefore, the Town will have to take some strategic risks. We believe Reimagining Cameron provides an excellent road map to a vibrant future.

WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?
A comprehensive plan is a community’s compass to charter what it endeavors to be while building on its strengths and assets. It is a living document providing a host of options with the flexibility to adjust for unanticipated changes. In short, it is a community response to its today and future. South Carolina, SC Codes § 6-29-510(E) mandates communities with development or zoning standards to develop and update their comprehensive plans. Updates are every five (5) years and revisions every 10 years. However, a comprehensive plan should be reviewed quarterly to annually to ensure progress. Embedded are general to specific goals and objectives that express short, intermediate, and long-range vision goals. Short-term goals are readily accessible projects, low hanging fruit with immediate outcomes. Long-term goals and objectives take a little more time and energy. However, short-term accomplishments chip away at the more ambitious projects.

 As ambitious as some of the goals and policies are, it is not a mandate to accomplish all or half of them with ten years. The best approach is to start with low-hanging fruit, the easier and readily attainable areas. They are confidence builders.


Why is it important?

A comprehensive plan:

- Serves as a guide to map out a community’s path toward its intended goals.

- Shapes policies and budget decisions.

- Lays the foundation for zoning and land development standards.

- Engages a community to participate in the planning process.

- Demands accountability and transparency.