“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.