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01/29/04

Public Input Sought in Land Use Plans

Efforts are underway to save land in Beaufort County, and now residents will have the chance to decide what areas should be protected or preserved. Since 1997, the county's Rural and Critical Lands program has preserved almost 9,000 acres of land. Four years ago, voters approved $40 million for this program, and so far they've invested just $12 million.

Now they're looking to the public to get suggestions for their new "green print" or greenspace plan through a number of public forums. "It might be land they want to talk about in terms of environmental protection, important to preserve in terms of alleviating potential congestion or other pressures related to growth," said the county's Pete Nardi.

The county will hold five forums throughout Beaufort County beginning February 7. Here are the times and locations:

Saturday, Feb. 7--Battery Creek High School cafeteria, Beaufort, 1pm-5pm

Monday, Feb. 9--St. Helena Elementary School cafeteria, St. Helena, 6pm-10pm

Tuesday, Feb. 10--Hilton Head Island branch of the Beaufort County Library, 4pm-7:45pm

Thursday, Feb. 12--Davis Elementary School cafeteria (364 Keans Neck Road, Seabrook), 6pm-10pm

Saturday, Feb. 14--Bluffton branch of the Beaufort County Library (Bluffton Village off SC 46), 12pm-4pm

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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