Charleston affordable housingForewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory – Miguel de Cervantes Saaverdra

Based on the 2010 census, South Carolina’s current population is close to 4 million. Experts predict our state’s population will increase to 5,148,569 people by 2030. It takes proper planning and coordination from everyone —from developers to governmental officials — to accommodate that many people while preserving the beauty, history and quality of life found in South Carolina.

To help make that possible, the South Carolina Urban Land Institute (ULI) formed in 2005. ULI’s mission is to keep the upper, midlands and coastal regions of the state united in purpose and priorities as the state continues to develop. The local ULI is comprised of influential leaders throughout South Carolina. Real estate, engineering, architecture, tourism, developers and public officials are just some of the professionals represented.

Members share a vested interest in making a positive impact in South Carolina while taking advantage of valuable networking opportunities. They have a chance to weigh-in and offer expertise on a variety of topics.

Michelle Mapp, executive director of SC Community Loan Fund, recently became a member of ULI’s Sustainable Leadership Institute. Among its many goals, the Institute aims to “weave the state together with a leadership team that has learned the importance of respect for all sectors of dialogue about land use.” (We’ll discuss the Sustainable Leadership Institute further in a future blog.)

As a whole, ULI follows these guidelines to accomplish its goals:

  • Development should be encouraged in existing urbanized areas when possible, and growth in new areas should be located where land development is suitable, supporting a sustainable land ethic.
  • Private landowners and public entities should use land efficiently and productively, recognizing that decisions made today will affect many generations to come.
  • State and local policies should support the provision of a wide range of housing and development choices with the goal of encouraging development that is more compact, includes mixed uses, and supports a locational balance of jobs and housing.
  • Open space and important natural, environmental, cultural and historic features must be preserved.

These objectives meet constant hurdles, but with the planning and commitment by ULI members, South Carolina is prepared for the changes that are before us and SC Community Loan Fund is excited to be a part of the conversation.