Dorchester County is launching a major public involvement and outreach initiative to encourage and promote engagement in the preparation of the County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

Throughout the next year, there will be multiple opportunities for County residents and businesses to participate and share feedback and ideas about the future of the County. This page will serve as the main avenue to communicate Comprehensive Plan updates.

What’s a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is the County's guide for decision making. It is created by studying the existing conditions of the County, debating preferred future alternatives and priorities, and identifying practical implementation strategies to help the County reach its preferred future goals.

Required Elements

The Comprehensive Plan addresses land development, capital projects, and many other governmental decisions that might impact the future health of the County through nine required elements: 

  • Population
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Community Facilities
  • Natural Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Priority Investments

What’s going on now?

  • County staff is preparing for the second series of public meetings.
  • The citizens survey is available for residents and business owners who were unable to attend the first series of public meetings to provide input.