Virtual meeting welcomes residents’ input on flood-prone properties

March 16, 2021

After answering questions about how they would transform nearby flood-prone properties, residents in the Timberlane Drive area will soon get a chance to ask questions of their own.

In February, Richland County surveyed residents in the area about their preferences on the best use for vacant properties impacted by the October 2015 flood. An online version of the survey is available at

On Thursday, March 18, staff with Richland County Community Planning and Development will answer residents’ questions about the survey in a virtual Zoom meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Access the meeting at: Use meeting ID: 946 1651 2526.

The 2015 weather event caused unprecedented damage in the County and significantly impacted the Timberlane area. Many homes there were considered at risk of future flooding because of their proximity to Gills Creek. Through a property buyout process, the County worked to acquire dozens of the affected properties with the aim of returning the land to a naturalized state.

Options for the properties include trails, parks, a naturalized area, a parking lot and a stormwater project, among others.

Results from the County’s survey will be discussed at a second meeting April 14.

Residents with questions or comments about the buyout process or the survey should email Sustainability Planner Meghan Sullivan at [email protected].