County Officials Want 'Smart' Plan To Handle Growth

<p>A sparsely-populated rural county in South Carolina is expecting the development of more than 40,000 homes over the next couple of years, which will more than double the population. County officials are looking to create a smat growth plan.</p>
April 29, 2007, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Explosive residential development has sprung up nationwide, even in the most unlikely places. But it is only now arriving in Jasper County. With a population of less than 30,000 spread over 600 square miles, an area about twice the size of New York City, Jasper could become the site of 40,000 or so new homes in the coming years, which could more than double the current population, local officials say."

"Rather than allowing development to overwhelm the county, officials have collaborated on a plan that tries to guide growth and preserve the region's natural beauty."

"Longtime residents and local officials who want to guide growth, but not hinder it, say they believe that Jasper will benefit from developing later than other parts of the South. Having watched their neighbors, particularly Beaufort County, become overwhelmed by growth that spilled over from Hilton Head, Jasper officials say, they saw what was coming and got together to set some ground rules."

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Published on Sunday, April 29, 2007 in The New York Times
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