Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you but I am ready to look forward to an exciting 12 months, and to see the many projects that our town is undertaking to completion. One of these projects involves reaching out to our residents on a community survey.

Did you know that 92% of the land area of Bluffton is located within a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and governed by a Development Agreement?

The rules and regulations are established at the initial time of the zoning with the maximum growth established, including the overall number of homes and commercial square footage.

The status of each of the PUDs is presented to Town Council annually and is available for the public to review. The report is titled, “Development Agreement Summary.” 

These areas include:

• Bluffton Village

• Buckwalter

• Jones Estate

• New Riverside

• Palmetto Bluff

• Schultz Tract

• Village at Verdier

To further outline the regulations and conditions related to each agreement, Town staff is coordinating a regular meeting with property owner’s associations to make a similar presentation to residents to discuss the rules for each neighborhood and what they might expect in terms of development for their communities. 

Town staff is always willing to come to your community organization to assist, so please don’t hesitate to contact Town Manager Stephen Steese to request a meeting or presentation.

In addition, if you would like to provide your opinions on all matters Town related, including the growth trends, the Town of Bluffton is partnering with Probolsky Research, a national government research team, to conduct a community-wide survey. The survey will take a pulse of the Bluffton community, detailing the priorities, projects and perspectives of residents. 

This is your opportunity to tell us what you like, what you would like changed, why you choose to live or work here, and what projects the Town should include in the next couple of years.

You may receive a call, email, or text about this survey, which should only take 15 minutes or so to complete.  The survey began Dec. 20 and will run through the middle of January.

Please reach out to Heather Colin, assistant town manager at 843-706-4592 or hcolin@townofbluffton.com to schedule a community meeting or with general questions on growth, development or Town projects.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com