Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Gary Santos has scheduled a neighborhood style meeting to further discuss the proposed parking garage along Coleman Boulevard. It will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Moultrie Middle School.
Among the topics of discussion will be the parking garage on Shem Creek and height restrictions on Coleman Boulevard.
The meetings, called Council of Homeowners Associations, include members from each Mount Pleasant community HOA. They are open to the public and designed to discus issues and garner feedback that is then presented to town officials during formal meetings.
Previous meetings have been very successful, Santos said. “Just like our Comprehensive Plan that we look at every five years these overlay district plans need to be tweak and changed,” he said.
“These are living, breathing documents. Things change and the plans should change as well.”
He said that over 15 different HOA's are represented at most meetings and those individuals represent 8,000 to 10,000 people. “These meetings give people a chance to talk and people love to have their voices heard.
We've gotten some good ideas from these folks and incorporated them into the recommendations we bring to town council,” he said.
The proposed garage has created a lot of controversy and spawned two online petitions, which to date have more than 2,000 signatures combined.
They can be found at
According to Santos, there needs to be better communications and dialogue between the town and its citizens.
“Developers can only do what the town's ordinances allow them to do. Participation from the community is essential if we are going to move forward and grow responsibly,” he said.
He said other issues that can have a detrimental effect on our community include unrestricted growth, zoning ordinances that allow gun shops in neighborhoods and issues that affect the quality of life of citizens.
“Community participation will be critical if we are going to move forward with recommending initiatives, like changes in our zoning ordinances, that will allow Mount Pleasant to continue to be a great place to live. We were successful in amending the Coleman Boulevard Overlay District's Ordinance through citizen participation and we can continue to have a positive effect on our community through these continued efforts,” he said.
“The idea is to create dialogue,” said Santos. “The town has done a great job with the website and Information Director Martine Wolfe is unmatched at what she does. Her efforts, coupled with these community meetings keep people involved without them having to go seek out information.”
Santos has consistently found ways to bring citizens together through boards and meetings over the years.
“People want their government to listen to them and react to situations. As elected officials we've got to keep in mind that these are the citizens we are elected to take care of.”