Cherokee County to hold hearing on SW area plan

Map depicts land uses in southwest Cherokee County, the subject of a marketing study commissioned by the county board. BLEAKLY ADVISORY GROUP

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Map depicts land uses in southwest Cherokee County, the subject of a marketing study commissioned by the county board. BLEAKLY ADVISORY GROUP

A draft plan to guide future development in southwest Cherokee County is the subject of a June 18 public hearing before the county Board of Commissioners.

The Southwest Cherokee Area Plan Market Study resulted from meetings and workshops led this spring by the Bleakly Advisory Group.

When the process began, county leadership remarked on the lack of retailing and services in the southwest part of the county. Bleakly said in its study that the area could see 1,800 more housing units constructed – enough to support an additional shopping center within a three-mile trade area.

“The question then becomes whether a suitable commercial parcel large enough to contain a grocery-anchored shopping center will still be available within the 10- to 16-year window needed to reach (residential build-out),” Bleakly said. “Steps could be taken by the county to either preserve such a commercial site for the future, or accelerate the addition of nearby households by permitting increased density.”

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