From busy highways and rural intersections planning, to programs that preserve and improve water quality, long-term regional planning is a significant part of what Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments does.
Local Planning Assistance
Waccamaw Regional’s staff provides technical assistance to boards, commissions, councils and government staff throughout the agency’s three-county region. Its services help with the creation of:
- Comprehensive plans
- Grant Writing and Administration
- Zoning ordinances
- Development regulations
- Planning studies
- Hazard mitigation plans
Waccamaw Regional, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation, provides planning staff to the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) Policy Committee. The committee is the group in charge of creating long-range transportation plans for the region. The 24-member GSATS Policy Committee has approximately $7.6 million a year to spend on projects. The GSATS Transportation Improvement Program includes 75 projects programmed with funding available to year 2019.
Though not mandated by federal law like its urban counterpart, rural transportation currently receives about $3 million in annual funding at the regional level. Distribution and planning are overseen by Waccamaw Regional’s Board of Directors.
Air & Water Quality
Waccamaw Regional is also responsible for the development of environmental plans and intiatives. The agency is responsible for the region’s Section 208 water quality management program which assists local governments and other community stakeholders with implementing actions recommended to improve water quality in the area. It also coordinates regional air quality meetings where participants discuss regional air quality concerns and gather input from stakeholders. Air Quality Coalition meetings are held quarterly and are open to any member of the public, local industry, municipality or other agency that has an interest in air quality issues.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The Council of Governments collects, analyzes and maps data for planning studies. Over the past year, GIS has been used for land use analysis, transportation studies, water and sewer studies, community profiles and corridor development plans. A Global Positioning System (GPS) is often used for data collection.