The Florence Area Transportation Study (FLATS) Policy Committee will hold a public meeting at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, January 24th, 2022. This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in person, but has been rescheduled to take place in a virtual meeting format. Public comment dates have also been extended. The items of discussion are as follows:

DRAFT 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Amendment
DRAFT 2021-2027 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment
DRAFT Bylaws Amendment

These documents are available for public viewing along with a meeting agenda by clicking here. 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:

• January 17th, 2022-February 15th, 2022

If you would like to register to attend the virtual meeting, please click here.

If you need assistance accessing public comment documents, registering for the meeting, 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)-656-1503 or (843)-656-1501. 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 be provided to accommodate the special needs of disabled persons, upon request.

FLATS 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Community Feedback Survey

Please click here to complete the FLATS 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Community Feedback Survey. This survey helps us identify the various transportation needs throughout the community we serve. This survey also helps identify which projects FLATS should fund moving forward and helps lay out an accurate path for creating a better transportation system in the Florence area. Please feel free to share this survey with friends, family, civic groups, and anyone else you may know that travels throughout the Florence area.

About Florence Area Transportation Study

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!

Committee Members

Policy Committee – Voting Members

  • Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., State Senate District 31, Chairman
  • Councilman Rev. Waymon Mumford, Florence County Council District 7, Vice Chairman
  • Chairman Sherwin Welch, Florence County Transportation Committee
  • Representative Phillip Lowe, SC House District 60
  • Commissioner Tony K. Cox, SCDOT Transportation Commission, District 7
  • Mayor T. Ashby Gregg, Town of Quinby
  • Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore, City of Florence Council District 2
  • Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin, City of Florence
  • Chairman Willard Dorriety, Jr., Florence County Council District 9

Policy Committee – Non-Voting Members

  • K.G. Rusty Smith, Jr., Florence County Administrator
  • Shawn Brashear, Florence County Director of Planning
  • Jody Lane, Chairman, Florence County Planning Commission Chairman
  • Jim Feda, SCDOT Deputy Secretary of Intermodal Planning
  • Kyle Berry, SCDOT Engineer Administrator, District 5
  • Emily Lawton, FHWA Division Administrator
  • Drew Griffin, City of Florence Manager
  • Drew Chaplin, City of Florence Planning Commission Chairman
  • Don Strickland, PDRTA Interim Executive Director
  • Lee Nettles, Florence Regional Airport Commission Chairman

Study Team Members

  • Shawn Brashear, Florence County Director of Planning
  • Jody Lane, 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
  • Bryant Gardner, City of Darlington Council
  • Lisa Rock, City of Darlington Planner
  • Wayne Yarborough, Darlington County Planner
  • Mary Bines, Town of Timmonsville
  • Don Strickland, PDRTA Interim Executive Director
  • Lindsey Privette, Economic Development Manager, PDCOG
  • Robert Norton, Deputy Director, Florence Regional Airport
  • Connie Anderson, Florence Regional Airport Executive Director
  • Yolanda Morris, FHWA Community Planner
  • Joey Skipper, SCDOT Traffic Engineer, District 5
  • Jerome Pearson, SCDOT Regional Planner
  • Crystal McCutcheon, SCDOT Planner
  • Brian Dix, SCDOT Program Manager, Pee Dee Production Group
  • Leah Quattlebaum, SCDOT Asst. Program Manager, Pee Dee Production Group
  • Stephen Jones, SCDOT Asst. Program Manager, Pee Dee Production Group
  • Ken Martin, Assistant Production Manager, SCDOT
  • Diane Lackey, Multimodal Planning Manager
  • David Burgess, Regional Planning Manager, SCDOT – Transit
  • Machael Peterson, Director of Federal Grants Program
  • Brian Fulmer, SCDOTPRT Grant Program
  • Tina Feaster, SCDOT – C Program (i.e. CTC Funds)
  • Amy Blinson, SCDOT TAP Manager


  • Shawn Brashear, Director, Florence County Planning, *MPO Director
  • Ethan Brown, Manager, Florence County Planning