HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Planning and Zoning staff will present the draft for the Burgess Community Bicycle and Pedestrian plan at a meeting Thursday night. The Burgess Community Association meeting is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. at the South Strand Rec Center located at 9650 Scipio Lane.
The draft will be available for community input and comments during the meeting and the deadline for public comment is Friday, October 9.
The draft includes plans to add five foot sidewalks or 10-12 foot multi-use paths to 21 different roads throughout the community. The goal is to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. And the public has expressed the need to better connect the sidewalks that do exist. So the different roads proposed include large, busy roads, smaller neighborhood roads, and commercial roads.
"It's a large area that we're looking at," says county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier. "And we're trying to do some connectivity to some of the commercial districts with residential. Kind of a safe travel haven for bicyclists and pedestrians."
The Burgess community has seen a 633 percent increase in population since 1990, according to the draft plan. And the community continues to grow. County leaders have been preparing this draft since March to accommodate the current needs and look ahead to the future.
The proposal for the Burgess Community Bicycle and Pedestrian plan is online if you would like to look it over before tonight's meeting. http://www.horrycounty.org/Portals/0/Docs/PlanningAndZoning/other/Burgess%20Bike%20and%20Ped%20Plan%20-%20092115.pdf
Once the public comment period has closed, this draft plan will be submitted to the Horry County Planning Commission for review and additional public comment. Once completed by the commission, it will then be forwarded to Horry County Council as an amendment to the Horry County Comprehensive Plan. For more information, contact John Danford with Horry County Planning at (843)-915-5340.