SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – A group of concerned residents made a presentation to Spartanburg County Council on the need for more planning regarding the rapid growth of Boiling Springs.
Ernie Boughman with the group “The Heart of Boiling Springs” made the presentation at the county council meeting Monday night.
People living in the growing unincorporated community met with the group and discussed their concerns regarding the unincorporated community, namely the need for a plan for its future.
The group says more than 600 people participated in community engagement events.
“I can say in my 23 year career of doing planning I’ve never seen that type of turnout from a community that is not incorporated,” said Boughman, Regional Director of Toole Design.
He said people want more sidewalks, trails, and greenways. He added that other themes included a passion for the area’s history, and pride for not being a ‘city.’
“There’s a lot of signage in the area that say ‘a caring community,’ but that was something we heard over and over,” said Boughman.
Residents say they want to keep the small-town feel of the community and help get people outside with family and youth attractions along with sidewalks and walking trails.
They say the guiding principals for the planned growth include heritage, family, community, and legacy.