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The new parking Garage on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Town residents can get involved in guiding future development by volunteering for a committee updating the town's 10-year Comprehensive Plan. File/Leroy Burnell/Staff

Mount Pleasant is looking for a cross section of town residents to help guide future development.

So far, about 20 people have applied to be on the committee to form the town's next Comprehensive Plan. Ultimately, the town will select up to 30 volunteers representing different areas of Mount Pleasant and from different age groups.

They will attend monthly meetings for more than a year, starting in September, and also several open-house meetings for town residents, before submitting recommendations to the Planning Commission.

The Comprehensive Plan will dictate land use and planning for a decade. It will guide the zoning rules that allow, or don't allow, development of all sorts.

The 10-year view of the plan ideally helps avoid wholesale policy reversals, where one group of politicians gains power and seeks to do the opposite of the previous group.

To volunteer for the Steering Committee, apply online at tompsc.com by Aug. 4, or in person at Town Hall, 100 Ann Edwards Lane. For additional information, contact the town's Planning Department at planning@tompsc.com or call 843-884-1229.

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David Slade is a senior Post and Courier reporter. His work has been honored nationally by Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Scripps foundation and others. Reach him at 843-937-5552 or dslade@postandcourier.com

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