Summerville Town Council considers redevelopment amid population growth

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD)– Summerville has doubled its population since the early 2000s. The town has become the state’s seventh-largest municipality. 

According to the latest United States Census Data, Summerville is one of the top five growing towns in the Palmetto state, with a population of 52,150.  More people means more development to meet the growing need, bringing businesses like the new Harris Teeter opening in Nexton.

“We go to where our customers are, so when there is a thriving economic boost in Summerville, more people are moving here and need a grocery store. We’re happy to be that grocery store of choice for many Summerville residents,” said Paige Hamer, corporate affairs manager for Harris Teeter.

On Thursday, council members addressed concerns regarding ongoing development in the area and whether the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2021 aligns with the area’s current and future needs. 

Officials are considering amending zoning laws to allow development in areas where it is currently prohibited to improve residents’ quality of life. As development continues, leaders want to ensure that Summerville doesn’t lose its small-town charm.

“We’re very aware that as we plan for the future, we want to preserve our charm, historic structures, and the look and feel of our town. If anything, we’re going to enhance it as you would see with a community master plan,”  said Summerville Mayor Russ Touchberry.

Officials told News 2 that they plan to revisit the comprehensive plan for public comment in the late summer or early fall of this year. 

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Author: Dalilah James