About Florence Area Transportation Study


The Florence Area Transportation Study (FLATS) Policy Committee will hold a public meeting at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 1st, 2023. This meeting will take place at 180 N. Irby St. Florence, SC in Room 803. The items of discussion are:

These documents are also available for public review at the Florence County Planning and Building Department (518 S. Irby St. Florence, SC 29501) and the Florence County Library (509 S. Dargan St. Florence, SC 29506).

The public comment period for these documents are as follows:

  • April 1st, 2023- April 31st 2023

If you need assistance accessing public comment documents, have questions, or would like to sign up to address the Policy Committee, please contact staff using the contact information provided below.

Please submit any questions or comments to: Florence County Planning Department, 518 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501 ATTN: FLATS. If you would like to contact us by phone, please call 843.656.1547 or email at peservices@florenceco.org. FLATS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability in the admission of access to FLATS documents or projects. Assistance will

As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Florence Area Transportation Study (FLATS) is a process by which local officials and citizens have input in the expenditure of transportation funds within the urban area of Florence, South Carolina. Any major road project or transit project that takes place in this area using federal funds must be considered and approved by the FLATS Policy Committee.

The FLATS Policy Committee consists of representatives from the State Legislature, members of Florence County Council and Florence City Council, and the Mayor of the Town of Quinby. Any projects that come before the FLATS Policy Committee are first examined by the FLATS Study Team, which consists of technical representatives from various agencies and departments in the area. The recommendations provided by the FLATS Study Team are then passed on to the FLATS Policy Committee for consideration. Projects approved by the FLATS Policy Committee are then listed in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Efforts are made to give the public an opportunity to have input in the transportation planning process. A wide range of people, including agencies, community groups, individuals, and the media, are notified of the meetings. The Florence County Planning Department provides the staff work for FLATS and is available to assist the public with transportation questions.

For additional information on the TIP or the FLATS Long Range Plan, or if you would like to become involved in the transportation planning process by being placed on the FLATS mailing list, please call us at 843-676-8600! We look forward to hearing from you!

Policy Committee – Voting Members

  • Representative Phillip Lowe, SC House District 60, Chairman
  • Councilman Rev. Waymon Mumford, Florence County Council, Vice Chairman
  • Mayor T. Ashby Gregg, Town of Quinby
  • Councilwoman LaShonda Nesmith-Jackson, Florence City Council
  • Commissioner Tony K. Cox, SCDOT Transportation Commission
  • Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin, City of Florence
  • Willard Dorriety, Jr., Florence County Council
  • Mike Reichenbach, SC Senate District 31

Policy Committee – Non-Voting Members

  • Kevin Yokim, Florence County Administrator
  • Shawn Brashear, Florence County Director of Planning
  • Cheryl Floyd, Florence County Planning Commission Chairman
  • Brent L. Rewis, SCDOT Deputy Secretary of Intermodal Planning
  • Kyle Berry, SCDOT Engineer Administrator, District 5
  • Emily Lawton, FHWA Division Administrator
  • Randall Osterman, City of Florence Manager
  • Drew Chaplin, City of Florence Planning Commission Chairman
  • Don Strickland, PDRTA Executive Director
  • Lee Nettles, Florence Regional Airport Commission Chairman

Study Team Members

  • Shawn Brashear, Florence County Director of Planning
  • Cheryl Floyd, Florence County Planning Commission Chairman
  • Drew Chaplin, City of Florence Planning Commission Chairman
  • Jerry Dudley, City of Florence Planning
  • Clint Moore, City of Florence Planning
  • Curtis Boyd, City of Darlington Mayor
  • John Payne, City of Darlington Manager
  • Wayne Yarborough, Darlington County Planner
  • Mary Bines, Town of Timmonsville Administrator
  • Don Strickland, PDRTA Executive Director
  • Lindsey Privette, PDCOG, Economic Development Manager
  • Robert Norton, Florence Regional Airport Deputy Director
  • Connie Anderson, Florence Regional Airport Executive Director
  • Yolanda Morris, FHWA Community Planner
  • Joey Skipper, SCDOT Traffic Engineer, District 5
  • Machael Peterson, SCDOT Director of Planning
  • Brian Dix, SCDOT Pee Dee Production Group Program Manager
  • Stephen Jones, SCDOT Pee Dee Production Group Asst. Program Manager
  • Edwin Sharpe, SCDOT Pee Dee Production Group Asst. Program Manager
  • Leah Quattlebaum, SCDOT Pee Dee Production Group Engineer
  • Diane Lackey, SCDOT Multimodal Planning Manager
  • Christina Lewis, SCDOT Statewide Planning Chief
  • Roxanne Ancheta, SCDOT Director of Office of Local Government Services
  • Cothea Scott, SCDOT – Transit, Regional Planning Manager
  • Ivana Gearheart, SCDOT – C Program (i.e. CTC Funds)
  • Amy Blinson, SCDOT TAP Manager


  • Shawn Brashear, Florence County Director of Planning, MPO Director
  • Ethan Brown, Florence County Deputy Director of Planning
  • Holly Smith, Florence County Planner
  • McKenna McRoy, Florence County Planner