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York Forward 2035 - York County's Comprehensive Plan


On July 18, 2016, the York County Council approved the York Forward 2035 Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan is best described as a guide to the County's future. It informs current and future decision makers where they are now, where they want to go, how they intend to get there, and who will help them along the way. The Comprehensive Plan provides the basis for York County's regulations and policies that guide its physical development. The plan establishes priorities for public action and direction for complementary private decisions.

An important and overarching component of this planning effort was an inclusionary public engagement process. Understanding community values today ensures that this Plan, implemented in accordance with the recommendations, supports and advances those priorities over the long term. The effort was guided by an Advisory Committee appointed by County Council. Interviews with local stakeholders verified and supplemented the feedback received directly from citizens and property owners. Seven community meetings were held throughout the County to provide an opportunity to learn about the project, refine the goals and provide comments on the plan's components. Finally a project website was established as an additional opportunity for residents to access information and provide comments.

The plan discusses opportunities and issues York County faces as it manages the rapid pace of growth while preserving the rural character of western area of York County. The Plan includes goals and strategies that address land use, economic development, housing, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities and transportation.

Comprehensive Plan Documents

Comprehensive Plan Update - 2022

The currently approved plan, York Forward, was adopted in 2016 and serves as the 10-year complete re-write of the previous plan. At this time, the County is completing its 5-year update as required by South Carolina’s Planning Enabling Act. Even though it’s a requirement, it is always beneficial to take a moment to assess a plan’s success in achieving its goals and implementing its strategies. It presents an opportunity to reflect on any unforeseen issues of the last five years, address any changing needs of the community, and continue on the path of positive growth. This effort will result in a plan that is relevant to current conditions, identifies new key programs and new partners to facilitate growth management initiatives, and celebrates actions completed. Over the past few weeks Planning staff has brought the amended goals and draft future land use maps to the community through a series of open house style meetings. The items presented are available below. The draft document is available below and will be presented to the Planning Commission on October 10, 2022. 

Comprehensive Plan Update Draft

Future Land Use Map Update-Draft (PDF)

Comprehensive Plan Update-Overview (PDF)

Associated Area Plans 

The Comprehensive Plan is refined through Area Plans that focus on specific areas with unique challenges. Once adopted, an area plan becomes a component of the Comprehensive Plan.