Gills Creek Greenway A Update 6/2/2017
The Transportation Ad Hoc Committee of Richland County Council met on May 16. The recommendation was to move forward with Gills Creek greenway beginning at Ft. Jackson Blvd and proceeding to Bright Avenue and possibly to Timberlane depending on estimates and the actual contract value when bid will be presented.
The agenda from the Ad Hoc committee which contains results from the February public meeting and other recommendations is available here: gillscreekwatershed.org/pdf/Transportation_Ad_Hoc_Commitee_05-16-17.pdf
Richland County Council will consider the Ad Hoc committee's recommendation at the June 6 6pm meeting. Councilperson Greg Pearce whose district includes the greenway stated he would likely offer amendments at the meeting. First that a guarantee will be included that the greenway will never be built on the east side of the creek below Rosewood adjacent to the Hampton's neighborhoods. Second that the City of Columbia formally agree to maintain and provide security for the greenway after it is built.
The greenway portion (which is contains the Ad Hoc Committee report) of the County Council agenda for June 6 is available here: gillscreekwatershed.org/pdf/RCC_Agenda_06-06-17_Gills_Creek_Report.pdf
The Transportation Development Team will host a Greenway Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, June 5 which GCWA representatives will attend.
The Transportation Penny Advisory Committee may have up to 5 vacancies. If you are interested in serving, contact your County Council member. TPAC's mission is "to review, comment on and provide recommendations to Richland County Council regarding the Council’s use of the one-cent additional sales tax that voters approved in the November 2012 referendum."
More info: richlandpenny.com/tpac/transportation-penny-advisory-committee-tpac/
319 Grant Crowson Road Restoration
The GCWA has submitted the full application to DHEC. We received letters of support from the City of Columbia, Delta Devine (owner of Crossroads Commons where the Gamecock BiLo is located), and Bright-Meyers (developer of Rosewood Crossing). Approval of the grants should be announced in July. We will be coordinating with the Penny Team in planning and construction so the greenway and the creek improvements will be integrated.
This project which would reshape the creek banks, replant the stream buffer with native plants, and reduce stormwater and non-point source pollution entering Gills Creek. This restoration would dramatically improve the health of Gills Creek and the appeal of the Cross Hill/Rosewood Crossing area.
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Gills Creek Greenway A Penny Project
The citizens of Richland County approved a penny increase in the sales tax to fund transportation improvements. A portion of those monies will be available for the development of greenways. Three locations along Gills Creek were identified as sites for greenway development including the area encompassed by our plan.
We believe a greenway could be a great asset to the community, as it has been for many others. We have been working with the Penny team to develop plans for the greenway, and have been seeking other funds to enhance the plan by improving the condition of the creek.
The Penny Team's web site is richlandpenny.com and you can contact them by email at info@RichlandPenny.com.
Goals and Objectives
The Gills Creek Watershed Association's mission is to restore and protect the watershed primarily by reducing the impacts of the urban environment. Our goals include:
- Improve water quality in the Gills Creek Watershed
- Reduce stormwater runoff and flooding
- Develop access for pedestrian and paddling recreation
- Better habitat in and along the creek for wildlife and aquatic life
- Create a great place for people to connect with nature
- Provide new educational opportunities for schools and the community
- A signature place in Columbia; a center of community pride
By getting folks out enjoying the creek, we hope to increase appreciation for the creek and generate interest that will help us achieve our other goals.
On the north end, trails will intersect the Capital City Passage of the Palmetto Trail
on Kilbourne Road just below the Lake Katharine dam.
At the south end, the Gills Creek Blue Trail will connect to the Congaree River Blue Trail
In between there are numerous opportunities for walking, jogging, cycling and paddling trails, nature observation, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
And there is the opportunity to restore, retrofit, and the institute best management practices (BMPs) to reduce pollution, the impact of stormwater runoff, and flooding in developed and undeveloped areas.
A Richland County Conservation Grant allowed us to develop a master plan that was presented in November 2013.
View or download the Gills Creek Middle Watershed Master Plan
as a pdf file.
City of Columbia Commercial Devine St/Fort Jackson Commercial Node Plan evaluated the area of Devine St, Crosshill Rd and Fort Jackson Blvd for land use and urban design, market conditions, transportation, utilities and green infrastructure, and to propose a conceptual plan including recommendations and implementation strategies for future development.
More information about the study is available at the city's Planning and Development web site.
The City also has a Walk-Bike Columbia web page
which allows the user to identify places on a map where they want improvements for biking, walking, access to transit, or a bike share station in Columbia!
The current route of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation's Palmetto Trail runs along Kilbourne Rd across Gills Creek. Our trail would connect to Kilbourne just east of the creek.
More info is available at the Finish the Palmetto Trail web site.
General benefits, economic benefits, health benefits, safety and environmental facts.
Swamp Rabbit Trail, Falls Park on the Reedy, Little Sugar Creek, San Antonio River Walk
Middle Watershed Plan
A working group in the Gills Creek Watershed Association developed an aspirational plan to improve the urban area from Ft Jackson Blvd to Rosewood and to preserve the other relatively undeveloped stretches of Gills Creek from the Lake Katharine dam to Shop Road as a greenway and a blueway. Based on the ideas developed in the initial plan, Gills Creek Watershed Association received a grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission to complete a Master Plan for the Middle Gills Creek Watershed which extends from Kilbourne Road to Shop Road. Additional funding was provided by Edens. The final results of this project is a community endorsed Middle Watershed Plan with greenways, best management practices for handling stormwater, and identified stream restoration projects.
Please note that this project plan has been superseded by the Richland County Transportation Penny Gills Creek Greenway Section A project. Perhaps as the benefits of the Greenway A are realized, the expanded plan presented here can be implemented.
See the old plan which includes maps of the area...
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