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#1 May 18, 2008
Subject: FW: growth of Chester County and surrounding counties. Projected
Let us remember that projection is trying to plan ahead. We must remember
that planning ahead could change year to year depending on the economy. Do
not take anything in the attached article as a sure thing. The secret to
management of a county is taking one step at a time and having the foresight
to hope that predictions come true. In a time of economic instability, you
better plan for the worst and hope for the best. Certain people in the
county want to say that not taking a chance will doom the county for the
future development. Future development in this county is predicated on an
educated workforce. Being in the right economic development group for your
county (one that is recognized by the State of SC) and a clear picture of
where the county wants to go. Do we want to continue to be a county that
wants only chemical plants/ as in the past we wanted only cotton mills? We
have got to get away from the trash economic development that no other
counties want and get to some of the industries that can be a clean, job
producing partner with Chester County.
Subject: growth of Chester County and surrounding counties.
According to the study, only 2 percent of York County, mainly the
Rock Hill area, was developed by 1976, compared to 98 percent natural/rural
space. The amount of developed land doubled by 1985 and was being converted
from natural/rural space by 2 acres each day. More developed land was
appearing in Fort Mill, Clover and York.
In 2006, developed space was up to 15 percent, though protected or
open space first began appearing on both sides of the county, the study
Experts project that by 2030, York County will see 21 percent of its
area developed. Almost all of the area around Lake Wylie would be developed,
as would Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
Chester County - where only five-tenths of a percent of the land was
developed in 1976 - is projected to see 20 percent of its land developed by
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