Below you will find each draft intervention (recommendation) we have compiled to date based on your past input.

Please review each intervention and provide us your feedback by providing comments in the comment boxes and/or indicating how many "stars" of support you give to each (1 star being low support and 5 stars being high support).

At the end you will have an opportunity to add any overall opinions or other ideas you may have to make the Sandhills Neighborhood a success.

Thanks for your help in this important effort!

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Overall Vision Map of Interventions

Overall Vision Map of Interventions
Transportation

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* 1. Provide the South Carolina Department of Transportation the findings of this Plan relating to possible needs for traffic enhancements (length of left turn lanes, traffic light timing , proper pedestrian access control, etc.) at all intersections along Two Notch Road in the study area.

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* 2. Redesign Spears Creek Church Rd from Interstate 20 thru intersection with Two Notch Road (See Concept Map Below). Ensure design includes focal points contributing to the goals of this Plan consisting of: 1. Consideration of creating "Village Feel" and streetscaping measures at the intersection area of Two Notch Road/Spears Creek Church Road, 2. Additional lanes, 3. Accel/decel turning lanes, 4.Shared-use paths, 5. Addressing the stormwater issue at the Spears Creek crossing.

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Conceptual Redesign of Two Notch/Sparkleberry Intersection

Conceptual Redesign of Two Notch/Sparkleberry Intersection

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* 3. Coordinate with the Route System Coordinators of The Comet to investigate new bus service opportunities including:
1. Additional bus stops in area
2. New bus shelters
3. Park and Ride locations

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* 4. Coordinate with CSX Railroad on how they might partner for rail corridor beautification along the planning area including possible vegetation cleanup, litter cleanup, and opportunities to improve railroad crossings for vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes.

Recreation & Conservation

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* 5. Meet regularly, with representatives from the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center on opportunities for utilizing the grounds for public educational programs and events. Include discussions on availability for regulated public access to greenspaces and trail systems.

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* 6. Create a walkability loop within and around the planning area that connects residential neighborhoods with areas of business and employment (See Recreation Intervention Concept Map for possible loop route below):

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* 7. Explore opportunities in creating new "pocket parks" with playgrounds and picnic areas with possible locations of (Shown in concept map above):

1. Royal Pines Subdivision along Fore Avenue (Hobby Lobby), other vacant lot, or internal greenway area

2. Along Spears Creek Church Road around Jacobs Drive.

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* 8. Explore opportunities in creating a new "greenway linear park" with off-road trails within the conservation areas of Royal Pines Estates (Concept rendering shown in concept map above). Look to connect park/trails to Clemson Road shared use paths.

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* 9. Explore opportunities in creating  a new dog park specifically serving the Sandhills region.
Possible Locations (Shown in concept rec map above):
1. The vacant “NE Plantation” property along Bookman Road,
2. Vacant parcels south of Two Notch (by Jabay Rd)
3. Utilization of unused parking areas and open space within the Village at Sandhill Shopping Center development.

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* 10. Explore opportunities in creating a Spears Creek Conservation Park - Rotureau Lake (Shown in concept rec map above). Complete necessary acquisitions for preservation of open spaces, enhancement of stormwater drainage, and completion of off-road trails connecting Spears Creek Church Road with Clemson Road.

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* 11. Explore opportunities in creating a new Community Center serving the Sandhills region that allows fitness, recreation, and hobby opportunities for all ages.
Possible Locations (Shown in concept rec map above):

1. The vacant “NE Plantation” property along Bookman Road

2. Vacant parcels south of Two Notch (by Jabay Rd)

3. Utilization of unused space and structures within the Village at Sandhill Shopping Center development.

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* 12. Explore opportunities in creating  new Outdoor Recreational Greenspace - Sports turf fields opportunities.
Possible Locations:
1. The vacant “NE Plantation” property along Bookman Road

2. Vacant parcels south of Two Notch (by Jabay Rd)

3. Utilization of unused parking areas and open space within the Village at Sandhill Shopping Center development.

Beautification

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* 13. Regularly meet with local neighborhoods in study area to educate them on the County Neighborhood Improvement Program and other County resources for encouraging neighborhood stewardship.

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* 14. Create a mailing that discusses property maintenance requirements of the County code and send to area subdivisions. Engage a coordinated follow-up for enforcement (Enforce only as needed/requested).

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* 15. Work to beautify propane tank property at NE corner of Fashion Drive and Two Notch Road (Inclusion of art may take place).

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* 16. Add landscaping/streetscaping in cooperation with any future reconstruction or updates to the following roadways: Two Notch Road, Spears Creek Church Road, and Clemson Road (Note: Maintenance considerations will first have to be established for any landscaping/streetscaping additions).

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* 17. Look to coordinate an “Adopt-A-Road Program” for Two Notch Road, Clemson Road, Jabay Drive, and Spears Creek Church Road by businesses or residents willing to pick up litter along roadways quarterly throughout each year. Recognize the volunteering business via signage.

Business
General

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* 18. Annually enforce site maintenance and original business approval standards for commercial/industrial properties ensuring upkeep of landscaping, enclosed refuse, removal of unapproved signage, and removal of unapproved outdoor storage.

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* 19. Promote the development of existing industrial and commercial opportunities that are found today (See possibilities in map below) in cooperation with local brokerage firms and the Richland County Economic Development Office.

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* 20. Create new incentive programs to spur local business investment by tenants and owners allowing monies to be used for site/structure upgrades as well as demolition of vacant/underutilized properties. Coordinate with the Richland County Economic Development Office on other incentive mechanisms for new development/redevelopment that may include tax advantages, Tax increment Districts, or establishment of Business Improvement Districts.

Two Notch Road Business Area (Businesses along roadway from Sparkleberry Ln to Burmaster Dr)

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* 21. Require new development and redevelopment to improve visual character along the Two Notch Road corridor through building architecture, tree plantings and landscaping, architectural features, location of parking, and consistent signage.

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* 22. CREATE NEW THEMATIC AND BRAND ELEMENTS FOR FUTURE OF AREA: Enhance existing area identity as the ‘Sandhills Retail Corridor’. Coordinate other Two Notch Road improvements discussed in this Plan (sidewalks and lighting) to include street trees, banners, and signage (wayfinding) all utilizing the ‘Sandhills Retail Corridor’ elements so the business roadway area begins to feel as one cohesive place.

Clemson Road Industrial Area

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* 23. CREATE NEW THEME FOR AREA: Enhance existing area identity as the ‘Sandhills Business Park’ in order to improve the identity of this business node. Implement gateway business park signage along west and east ends on Clemson Road.

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* 24. Further enhance Clemson Road through landscaping and streetscaping elements, as applicable, through the ‘Sandhills Business Park’ corridor.

Pontiac Downtown Corridor (Business properties surrounding Two Notch Road/Spears Creek Church Road intersection)

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* 25. CREATE DOWNTOWN VILLAGE SENSE OF PLACE: Embrace this area as ‘Pontiac’ and create a new sense of place and village feel (See Conceptual Development Rendering Possibility Below). Take advantage of the Spears Creek Church Road future reconstruction and include creation of thematic and branding elements for the Pontiac area with added streetscaping elements throughout this area to include sidewalks, landscaping, street trees, lighting, and banners.

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Conceptual Future Development Rendering

Conceptual Future Development Rendering

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* 26. Require new development and redevelopment to improve visual character throughout this intersection of businesses through building architecture, tree plantings and landscaping, architectural features, location of parking, and consistent signage.

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* 27. Work with Pontiac Commercial Property owners to create new public parking opportunities to alleviate on street parking of vehicles when demand is higher.

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* 28. Engage the primary area landowner known as “Pioneer Land Company LLP” to work hands on developing/redeveloping the properties they own around the Two Notch/Spears Creek intersection. Activities for financial partnerships may include:

1. Demolition of inactive/underutilized properties

2. Grants/Loans to revitilize properties

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* 29. Look to create and allow mixed use development on the larger vacant properties located south of Two Notch Road, east of Clemson Road and west of Spears Creek Church Road (See Conceptual Rendering Possibility Below). Fore-thought on planning mixed use developments will aid in a developer vision and allow a proper diversification of uses that are needed in the area.

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Conceptual Land Use Possibility

Conceptual Land Use Possibility
Housing

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* 30. Promote infill development for affordable housing in the vacant parcels found in the Royal Pines Estates Subdivision and areas around Spears Creek Church Road (See opportunity map below).

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Properties with possible infill opportunities

Properties with possible infill opportunities

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* 31. Continue to ensure that new housing developments include necessary transportation system upgrades (access (accel/decel turn lanes) and shared use path connections) and mandate traffic impact studies as needed.

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* 32. Bailey Bill: Expanding the local Bailey Bill components would allow for the preservation and creation of affordable housing within the unincorporated areas of Richland County.  Te incentive could attract new affordable rental units through the purchase and upgrade of vacant or deteriorated structures. Due to the prevalence of current housing opportunities and vacant structures, the Sandhills Planning area could serve as a target area under the Bailey Bill, if pursued.

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* 33. Create identity for Royal Pines Estates Subdivision with implementation of subdivision gateway signs (Possible types in image below). Possible locations may take place along Burmaster Dr and Fore Ave.

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Possible Subdivision Signage Image

Possible Subdivision Signage Image

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* 34. Explore funding opportunities specifically for the enhancement of residential properties in the planning area.

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* 35. Consider affordable multi-family uses within the larger vacant properties located south of Two Notch Road, east of Clemson Road and west of Spears Creek Church Road. These properties may house commercial or business uses and could work well as mixed use developments. Allowance of incentives for developers meeting affordability requirements should also be considered.

Land Use & Zoning

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* 36. Consider amending the Future Land Use Plan/Map to include the “Mixed Use Corridor”, “Neighborhood Activity Center”, and "Priority Investment Area" designations further east along Two Notch Road to allow increased business and housing land uses as well as opportunities for increased County capital investments consistent with this Plan.

Services & Safety

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* 37. Investigate ability to install off-road hard surface protected areas for school bus stops internal to the Royal Pines Estates Subdivision.

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* 38. Work with the Richland Sandhills Library to ensure Spanish speaking employees are present, programs for families/children are offered in Spanish and a section of children's books are found in Spanish.

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* 39. Work with Richland Sherriff's Office to identify key locations and implement emergency 911 call poles. Initial key placements will be within the Village at Sandhill Shopping Center and within large retailers (Target, Kohl's, Kroger) parking lots along Two Notch Road. Coordinate possible funding with the developers/retailers.

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* 40. Look to add street lighting along the Two Notch Road right-of-way to increase safety and awareness. Complete in cooperation with future road improvements (streetscaping/shared use paths) or as stand alone project.

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* 41. Work with Richland Sherriff's Office, and their consultant, to implement roadway cameras at the intersections of Two Notch Road/Fashion Drive & Clemson Road/Rhame Road.

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* 42. Investigate ability to install intersection lights internal to the Royal Pines Estates Subdivision.

Thanks for your time in this important effort. We look forward into incorporating your comments into the final plans! Watch for future plan adoption meetings at www.renewpontiac.com.

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