FLATS

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) 656-1503! We look forward to hearing from you!

Committee Members

Policy Committee – Voting Members

  • Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., State Senate District 31, Chair
  • Mayor Stephen J. Wukela, City of Florence, Vice Chair
  • Sherwin Welch, Florence County Transportation Committee
  • Representative Phillip Lowe, SC House District 60
  • Commissioner Mike Wooten, SCDOT Transportation Commission, District 7
  • Councilman Waymon Mumford, Florence County Council District 7
  • Mayor T. Ashby Gregg, Town of Quinby
  • Chairman Roger M. Poston, Florence County Council District 2
  • Councilmember Teresa Myers Ervin, City of Florence Council District 1

Policy Committee – Non-Voting Members

  • Chuck MacNeil, Executive Director, Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority
  • Ron Patton, Chief Engineer for Location and Design, SCDOT
  • David Hobbs, Chairman, Florence County Planning Commission
  • TBD, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
  • Jay Graham, Director of Planning, Florence County
  • TBD, Chairman, Florence Regional Airport
  • K.G. Rusty Smith, Jr., Administrator, Florence County
  • Kyle Berry, District Highway Administrator, SCDOT
  • Drew Griffin, Manager, City of Florence
  • Drew Chaplin, Chairman, City of Florence Planning Commission

Study Team Members

  • Chuck MacNeil, Executive Director, Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority
  • Michael Bethea, District Traffic Engineer, SCDOT
  • Jessica Hekter, Planning, Air Quality and Right-of-Way Programs Manager, Federal Highway Administration
  • Diane Lackey,Statewide Programs Manager, Office of Public Transit
  • David Burgess, Regional Planning Mgr., SCDOT – Office of Mass Transit
  • Levonne Powell, Planner, Pee Dee Council of Governments
  • Doug Reimold, Darlington County Planning Director
  • Drew Chaplin, Chairman, City of Florence Planning Commission
  • Jay Graham, Director of Planning, Florence County
  • David Hobbs, Chairman, Florence County Planning Commission
  • Phillip Lookadoo, Director, City of Florence Planning, Research, and Development
  • Dyan R. Cohen, Councilmember, City of Darlington
  • James Askins, Councilmember, Town of Timmonsville
  • Brian Dix, Program Manager, PD Regional Production Group, SCDOT
  • Kevin Sheppard, Regional Planning Engineer, SCDOT
  • Herb Cooper, Enhancements Coordinator, SCDOT
  • Cathy Rice, Enhancements Coordinator, SCDOT
  • Rebecca Breland, Assistant Program Manager, PD Regional Production Group, SCDOT
  • Jessica Johns, Assistant Program Manager, PD Regional Production Group, SCDOT
  • Debi Matthews, FLATS Staff, Florence County Planning
  • Renee Proctor, FLATS Staff, Florence County Planning
  • Jennie Sherry, Planning Manager, Florence County Planning and Building Inspections Department