On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the City of Greenville and Arnett Muldrow & Associates, the Greenville-based consulting firm hired to provide planning services for the Wade Hampton Boulevard Strategic Plan, kicked off a four-day public input process designed to gather community feedback on the future of Wade Hampton Boulevard. Throughout the week, City staff and members of the consultant team, which also includes Tom McGilloway with Mahan Rykiel Associates, Randy Wilson with Community Design Solutions and Eric Dillon with Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, met with stakeholders such as neighborhood residents, merchants and property owners, as well as representatives from area institutions. A steering committee of business and property owners was established and is working with the consultant team during the process.
The City launched the first of three opportunities for the general public to participate in the process on Tuesday afternoon with a three-hour open studio at City Hall, where citizens could meet and interact with the consultant team in a small group setting. On Tuesday evening, the City hosted a public meeting at Bob Jones University. While the public meeting included a brief presentation by the consultant team on some of its initial analysis and market data, the majority of the meeting was devoted to a facilitated public input session. On Wednesday morning, the City hosted another open studio at City Hall for the general public to meet and interact with the consultant team.
An online survey was conducted June 28 - July 12, 2018, to collect feedback from the community on potential short-term (1-5 years) and long-term (5-10 years) recommendations for Wade Hampton Boulevard within the study area. The results of the survey helped to identify priorities for each timeframe.
The City's Planning Commission held a public hearing on January 17, 2019 giving their recommendation to City Council regarding adoption of the plan.
Adoption by City Council
City Council adopted the final plan on February 25, 2019.