Dorchester Officials Asking For Public’s Help In Spending $35 Million On Greenbelt Master Plan


Dorchester County residents have a unique chance to influence their community’s development through feedback on the Greenbelt Master Plan. Following the approval of a sales tax referendum in 2022, which allocated $35 million to the initiative, the focus now shifts to community preferences on expenditure. A survey conducted in December revealed a strong desire among residents for the project to prioritize wildlife conservation, water quality enhancement, and the preservation of open spaces.

As the implementation phase nears, county officials are eager to engage with the public to ensure the plan aligns with community expectations. The engagement phase kicks off with two public sessions designed to gather input and share insights on the project’s potential impact. The first session will take place on February 8 at the St. George Rosenwald School in St. George, followed by a second meeting on February 13 at Alston Middle School in Summerville, both running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. These drop-in meetings offer residents the opportunity to engage directly with project engineers and contribute to shaping the project’s direction.

Emphasizing the importance of community feedback, project managers assert that residents’ insights are crucial for tailoring the Greenbelt Master Plan to truly reflect and serve the needs of the Dorchester County community.

The following greenbelt master plan meetings are drop-in style:

February 8th from 5-7pm
St. George Rosenwald School
205 Ann Street, St. George, SC 29477

February 13th from 5-7pm
Alston Middle School Cafeteria
500 Bryan St. Summerville, SC 29483
(Enter the Building from Highway 78)