Mount Pleasant Council updates plan for population growth, more seniors

By Stacy Jacobsonsjacobson@abcnews4.comMOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) --{}Mount Pleasant is experiencing a massive growth spurt; nearly 71,000 people now call it home and officials are planning for a population of 100,000 in the next 20 years.Mount Pleasant Town Council met to update its comprehensive plan Tuesday. The plan will guide Mount Pleasant through 2019. Councilman Gary Santos referred to Shem Creek and its waterfront views as "the goose that laid the golden egg." He wanted to protect Shem Creek and other local monuments, as Mount Pleasant's population grew.Part of that included slowing down the town's booming construction."If you look at Coleman [Boulevard], there's a lot of density over there. It's impacting citizens. We feel like that's too much for that area," Santos said.Council members had a chance to hash out their priorities at Tuesday's meeting."I don't feel like we have to accommodate everybody that moves here. We have to accommodate the folks that live here and our citizens. And we need to build properly," Santos said.Council member Thomasena Stokes-Marshall spoke as an advocate for seniors. She wanted to ensure the town considered public transportation, housing needs and possibly building a second senior center."Transportation becomes important because at a certain point, seniors can't drive but they still need to go out. They need to be able to shop, go to doctor appointments and socialize," Stokes-Marshall said.Council members said the Boulevard apartment complex had not eased traffic as planned. They said the people who lived at the complex got in cars and drove out of town for work. They still want to address that issued with continued public input.