Instead of figuring out how many cars can fit or how we are going to pay for something, or any other preconceived ideas … the first question should be, what kind of lives do we want to lead.
TedX – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFjxvt_834gRyan Gravel
Setting the Record Straight
Heart of Boiling Springs Case Statement
Heart of Boiling Springs is an outgrowth of Building a Healthy Boiling Springs Cohort, a 2017 initiative that convened a small group of community stakeholders concerned about the health and quality of life impacts of unbridled growth and predominantly automobile-oriented development in Boiling Springs. In late 2017, the Cohort expanded its outreach and launched its new brand— Heart of Boiling Springs— to engage the community-at-large. These efforts are the result of a partnership arrangement between Upstate Forever and Upstate Family Resource Center supported by the Mary Black Foundation. Heart of Boiling Springs and its predecessor, Building a Health Boiling Springs Cohort, are place-based responses to an alarming local public health statistic. In 2017, more than one in four Spartanburg County adults reported no leisure-time physical activity and 31% of adults were obese. Higher levels of physical activity are associated with places where walking and bicycling is not only a regular recreational activity but also a safe and convenient means of transportation.
Heart of Boiling Springs advocates for a built environment (buildings, streets, open spaces, and infrastructure) that supports active-living in daily routines. We know that change is necessary to increase opportunities for healthy living in Boiling Springs. In 2017, we participated in learning experiences to better understand how a community’s built environment impacts public health; how quality public spaces contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well-being; and how land planning for development can either support or create real barriers for active, healthy lifestyles. We hosted a preliminary planning charrette to collect information on our community’s assets, needs, and preferences and engaged area residents to complete “intercept” and preference surveys at local events, including sporting events at the BSYAA ball fields. The charrette, facilitated by Boiling Springs resident and Toole Design Group Regional Manager Ernie Boughman, engaged local community leaders and Spartanburg County planning staff.
Our efforts in 2017 and hopes for 2018 were validated when Upstate Forever secured additional funding
from the Mary Black Foundation for Heart of Boiling Springs to build organizational capacity and engage
the broader Boiling Springs community. Our mission is to inspire transformation of the Boiling Springs
community through mindful growth and development that supports convenient choices for active,
healthy lifestyles. Our vision is for a vibrant, connected, and healthy Boiling Springs that attracts
families, businesses, and institutions who contribute to building our community by embracing health,
and, in doing so, leave a legacy for future generations. The Heart of Boiling Springs website and
Facebook page are up and our marketing volunteers share information and updates on our efforts
through these sites. Our goal this year is to extend our reach deeper into the community through a
process to develop and advance a shared, community-driven vision for Boiling Springs.
Features Hartness, TND (Traditional Neighborhood Development) in Greenville.
“I would like to see Boiling Springs continue to grow with a plan in moderation,” said Jack Mabry with Jack Mabry Allstate Insurance in Boiling Springs.
Mabry is facing William Crawford, who owns a self-storage business, in the June 12 Republican primary. With no Democrat running, the winner will succeed outgoing District 2 Councilman Justin Bradley, also a Republican.
“It should grow as an unincorporated area of Spartanburg County,” Crawford said. “We need community involvement and input to shape the vision of the area, and updated county ordinances to drive continuity among new developments.”
A community group called Heart of Boiling Springs has held workshops to gather input from residents on how they want the unincorporated area of nearly 7 square miles and 10,000 residents to grow. Many have cited traffic concerns along Highway 9, the main thoroughfare that routinely sees delays during rush hour. Overall, residents said they’d like to see more things to do, including a movie theater, bowling alley and a YMCA, all while retaining the community’s rural charm.
Organizers of the workshops plan to provide residents’ input to county planners who will eventually bring Area Performance Planning to Boiling Springs. The southwestern part of Spartanburg County was the first area to receive Area Performance Planning, which created two different districts there — one to restrict development in rural areas and another that is more accommodating to commercial and industrial development.
Boiling Springs could be next in line for such a plan. The county’s goal is for eventually all part of Spartanburg County to have performance zoning.