Public Space Public Life Survey

Did you know that City planners study not only what makes these spaces great, but how we use our spaces as a City?  We have more spaces than planners, and we rely heavily on volunteers to help survey these spaces annually.  Come join us on a beautiful spring Thursday or Saturday in early April and help make sure we can gather data on these important spaces that help define us as a City!  Counts occur in four-hour time slots, at various locations in downtown Columbia.

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7:30am - 11:30am
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

You can sign up to help us count, and learn more about the City's Public Space Public Life Action Plan below!  

           map of survey locations      

Columbia Compass: Envision 2036

Columbia Compass is the comprehensive plan – or “blueprint” – for how Columbia, South Carolina will grow and develop over the next ten years.  

The City of Columbia has conducted research on the community's population, natural resources, land use, transportation, housing, community facilities, cultural resources and economy.  This planning process, and the plan itself, is being referred to as Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.  The plan will act as a guiding policy document for the City.  

 You can also learn more, and sign up for email updates, at

  • Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter @ColaCompass
  • Visit our website and sign up for our email list
  • Join us for events  and share your thoughts!
  • Tell your family, friends, & neighbors!
    The Amplify planning process is a partnership between One Columbia and the City, and will help provide content for the Columbia Compass Cultural Resources Element

6th Annual Pedestrian & Bicyclist Counts

The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers in mid-September to help conduct our sixth annual Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts throughout the City.  By counting pedestrians and bicyclists, volunteers help to ensure that all of the City’s residents count: transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists are often not accounted for in traffic studies- the same traffic studies used to make important decisions about our City’s landscape.

Chances are there is a count location near your home, school, or work, and you could ease into your morning with coffee and clipboard in hand!  Counts occur in two hour shifts in the morning, on weekdays from 7:30am - 9:30am and on Saturdays from  10am - 12pm.  Sign up now to select your count location(s) today!     

Amplify Columbia logoIn addition to your count form and something to write with, bring a comfy chair, your coffee, sunglasses, and other items to make your count cozy and enjoyable.

For additional information about the above, please contact the Planning Division at 803-545-3222.