News Release: August 29, 2014

Hartsville Volunteer Planning Team Seeking Community Input

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — A volunteer planning team from the American Planning Association's professional institute will be in Hartsville, South Carolina, September 9-11, 2014, to assist the community in creating an implementable neighborhood plan. The team is asking for community input to help with the creation of a neighborhood revitalization plan to reinvigorate the neighborhood and build community pride.

Join the planning team at all or one of these opportunities to share your thoughts and opinions:

Join the Twitter Conversation

Use hashtag #PlanSouthHartsville to join and follow the conversation about creating a neighborhood revitalization plan.​

Walk and Talk Tour

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m.
Join the planning team on a walking tour of South Hartsville. The team is asking residents to join and share their knowledge, observations and experiences. Participants also will assist with evaluating buildings, infrastructure, public spaces and services. Come for all or part of the tour.
Location: Meet at Pride Park at 4:30 p.m., 630 S. Sixth St.

Voice Your View — A Conversation on South Hartsville

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:30-8 p.m.
Share your thoughts about the assets and challenges of the neighborhood. What should be nurtured? What needs to change? The conversations will become the basis for the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy for South Hartsville. Refreshments Provided. Come for as much as you can.
Location: Butler Heritage Auditorium, 1103 S. Sixth St.

A Framework  for Neighborhood Revitalization in South Hartsville

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:30–7 p.m.
The planning team will present their draft Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy based on input from residents, community organizers, institutional leaders and other representatives. This evening also presents an additional opportunity for the community to weigh in and help refine the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy.
Location: Butler Heritage Auditorium, 1103 S. Sixth St.

The volunteer planning team is part of the American Planning Association's professional institute's Community Planning Assistance Program, which helps communities with limited planning resources and also brings a fresh perspective to local communities. Through the program, teams of professional planners are matched with communities requesting assistance on a variety of planning topics such as sustainability, economic development, transportation, and housing.

Hartsville applied for a Community Planning Assistance Team to help maximize its planning work. The community will benefit from professional planners sharing their expertise in community revitalization, community outreach and neighborhood engagement. The team members volunteer their time.

The Hartsville Community Planning Assistance Team will be led by Marijoan Bull, AICP, associate professor at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Professor Bull previously visited Hartsville in July to prepare for the full team's visit. The team includes: Kimberly Burton, AICP CTP, assistant professor of practice for city and regional planning at Ohio State University; Karen Campblin, AICP, founder and Community Development Planner at ktcPLAN, LLC; Bridget Wiles, COO at APD Urban Planning and Management; and Alina Gross, visiting faculty at Westfield State University and project associate at The Community Builders, Inc.

The community planning assistance team program was established in 1995. Previous teams have recently worked in Crestdale, North Carolina; Buzzard Point, Washington, D.C.; Slidell, Louisiana; and Henderson Point, Mississippi, among other locations.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Russell Cox, City of Hartsville; 843-383-3015;

Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395;