Public Involvement 

Overview of Planned Public Involvement Efforts, Including Virtual Public Information Meetings (VPIMs), Surveys, etc.

The NEPA process is intended to promote informed decision-making by federal, state, and local agencies by making information concerning environmental impacts available to both agency leaders and the public. Collaboration, communication, and cooperation between all who are involved in environmental decisions, including government officials, private businesses, and the public is vital. Stakeholder and public input are critical to providing important insight to Charleston County as it refines which alternative is the best for a given locality and corridor as a whole. Public and agency input will be integrated into the technical evaluation process to ensure their insight is considered before decisions are made.

The goal of public involvement on this project is to encourage and promote open communication between the public, cooperating and participating agencies, stakeholders, and the Project Management Team to gather and incorporate productive input leading to better decisions that meet the community needs.

Opportunities for Public Involvement

Public Meeting

Two public meetings will be held at key project milestones. The timing of these meetings, project materials to be presented, and notification process for the meetings will meet all regulatory requirements and be conducted at convenient locations within or near the project study area. All activities will be documented for use in the decision-making process. The meetings will likely include both in-person and virtual options. In-person meeting size and location will follow regulations related to COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the meeting. The two Public Meetings would also include concurrent stakeholder, business, and elected officials’ meetings. Specific community-based meetings are also planned to occur as needed during the project development process, during Phase 1 of the project.
Meeting 1: August 31, 2021
The first public meeting will be held with the purpose of presenting the project to the public and stakeholders, gathering data on resources located in the project corridor, and soliciting public input and information. The first public meeting is August 31, 2021. Information presented at this meeting will include the project purpose and need, overview of project study area, and the overall project development process.

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Exchange Park, Exchange Hall - Gold Room, 
9850 Highway 78 Ladson, SC 29456
Enter the Virtual Public Meeting.
Meeting 2: Spring 2022
The second public meeting will introduce the preliminary build alternatives to the public and other stakeholders. This meeting will take place after the preliminary alternatives are identified. The second public meeting is anticipated to occur in March 2022.

Newsletters

Newsletters will be prepared prior to each public meeting to provide timely information about the study to the public. The newsletter will detail the overall project, project process, and current status. The newsletter will be distributed digitally through social media and the project website. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

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