Tuesday, July 18, 2023 Blog · News

SURVEY: Help Shape Awendaw

by Lily Abromeit

The Town of Awendaw has officially begun the process of updating their comprehensive plan. This is a crucial planning document that will inform all land use and development decisions in Awendaw over the next ten to twenty years. It is vitally important that residents participate in the process and share your hopes for the future of your community. You can learn more about the process at the Town of Awendaw website.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey put together by the Town of Awendaw to ensure your vision is reflected in the comprehensive plan.

Why take action?

Awendaw is one of the last remaining rural communities in Charleston County east of the Cooper River. The town is nestled between two of the most significant natural areas in the Southeast: the Francis Marion National Forest, and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. This area is home to many endangered species like the Red-cockaded woodpecker and Rufa red knot, provides extensive nesting opportunities for Loggerhead sea turtles, and has some of the best waters for commercial and sustenance fishing in the Lowcountry. However, recent development pressures to construct affluent suburban neighborhoods that rely on individual septic tanks is threatening the small-town character and affordability of Awendaw and diminishing the health of the surrounding waters and wildlands.

What is a comprehensive plan?

A comprehensive plan is a document that expresses the collective vision of a specific region. It covers a broad range of topics, including land use, housing, community facilities, and parks and recreation, among others. A comprehensive plan is a set of goals for a region, and a collection of strategies to help achieve those goals. Most importantly, it is collaborative, meaning that elected officials, planning staff, business owners, community organizations, and citizens just like you all have a seat at the table.


Please don’t miss the opportunity to share your voice and chart a balanced path forward for Awendaw by taking the town’s survey.

Reach out to Communities & Transportation Program Director Robby Maynor via email ([email protected]) a cell (843-723-5127) to talk more about Awendaw.

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