The Lowcountry region conducts transportation planning for both the urbanized and rural areas.

Urban Transportation Program

The Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) Policy Committee is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Beaufort-Jasper Urbanized Area. LCOG provides a transportation planning staff, through Federal and local funding, to administer the transportation programs.

The transportation staff works with local governments, the LATS Policy Committee, SCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration in the implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and the Rural Planning Grant.

Click here to visit the LATS Urban Transportation Program

Rural Transportation Program

All areas in the region that do not fall within the MPO study area boundary are considered rural. LCOG also provides transportation planning for the rural areas of Jasper, Beaufort, Hampton and Colleton Counties. The LCOG Board of Directors acts as the decision-making body for the rural portions of the region.

Click here to visit the LCOG Rural Transportation Program

Opportunity for Public Review and Comment
30–Day Public Notice

The Lowcountry Council of governments (LCOG) and the Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) currently have the final draft Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Unified Plan and Work Program (UPWP) and the Rural Plan and Work Program (RPWP) available for public review and comment.

The UPWP and RPWP identify the transportation tasks and studies to be performed by staff and local jurisdiction members and reflects federal planning requirements with local priorities. The documents are developed every two years and includes a two-year budget. The work program begins in July of a given year and ends the following June.

The document can be found by clicking on the following links Unified Plan and Work Program (UPWP) and the Rural Plan and Work Program (RPWP)   . It can be viewed at the Lowcountry Council of Governments, 634 Campground Road, Point South, Yemassee, SC.  Written comments can be emailed to or sent to P.O. Box 98, Yemassee, SC 29945. Written comments will be accepted until April 8th, 2021.

Please contact Stephanie Rossi at (843)-473-3958 or at the email address above if you have any questions.

All written comments received shall, as applicable, be made a part of the LCOG and LATS records of public input.