News Release: June 18, 2014

Volunteer Planning Team to Work in Hartsville

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — A volunteer planning team will be visiting Hartsville, South Carolina, to assist the community in creating an implementable neighborhood plan to reinvigorate the neighborhood and community pride. The team's leader will be visiting Hartsville June 19-20, 2014, to gather preliminary information and meet with community stakeholders in advance of the full team's visit.  

The 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. During her preliminary visit, Bull will tour the area and meet with community representatives, laying the groundwork for the upcoming team visit.

After Bull's preliminary visit, the team of professional planners will visit Hartsville later this summer, engaging the community in the development of a course of action for reinvigorating the neighborhood, identifying immediate action-items as part of a larger neighborhood plan. Public participation opportunities will be available during the team's visit to discuss existing challenges and desires for the future of the community.

The community planning assistance team program was established in 1995. 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.


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