TEGA CAY — Tega Cay planning and development officials and the Catawba Regional Council of Governments want to combine peninsula living with retail growth while maintaining Tega Cay’s natural resources and open spaces.
As the Tree City prepares a new comprehensive plan to detail its goals and how to meet them, resident input is needed to determine what Tega Cay should look like, said Susan Britt, the city’s planning and development manager.
The current plan, which covered 2008 through 2018, requires a five-year review, Britt said. However, since Tega Cay has grown and changed significantly since the city adopted the last plan – adding hundreds of acres of land through annexation – city leaders decided to come up with a whole new plan, Britt said.
“(The plan) will guide the future for the next 20 years,” Britt said.
The City of Tega Cay sent surveys to residents asking for their input for the comprehensive plan, which includes elements addressing population, land use, housing, economic development, and cultural and natural resources. The survey asks residents to weigh in on the need for entertainment amenities, what type of growth they wish to see and transportation and economic goals, Britt said.
Additionally, the surveys are intended to collect census data, Britt said.
Of the residents who have completed the survey as of June 10 – the last time the data was collected – 65 percent reported living in the City of Tega Cay for less than 10 years, Britt said. The city’s population growth is a factor in creating a plan.
Citizen input is an important part of the process, Britt said. Focus groups comprised of citizens, civic group members, city volunteer committee members and public officials started working on the plan in April. During an April 15 focus group meeting, several wish list items emerged, including a fire station to serve the new areas of Tega Cay, such Lake Ridge and Stonecrest, as well as an art center and restaurants. Residents also suggested a movie theater, a dog park and increased water activities.
Staff will begin drafting the comprehensive plan later this month, Britt said. Then it will be passed to a steering committee. Public hearings are expected to begin in late August or early September and will occur through the end of the year.
Completed surveys need to be submitted before the end of July.
For those who have already submitted paper surveys, online surveys do not have to be completed. Printed surveys are available at City Hall until July 31.