Charleston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to enact city’s sweeping new full plan, centered on discouraging progress in low-lying, flood-prone areas.
This elevation-based progress plan is the first of its selection inside the state and seeks to cope with the rising threat of native climate change inside the Lowcountry. South Carolina municipalities are required to develop a model new full plan every 10 years.
“Generally speaking, we’re more than pleased with this plan, it’s clear that it’s taking a optimistic new course, incorporating a great deal of strong lessons realized over the previous couple of a very long time,” Coastal Conservation League’s (CCL) communities and transportation senior mission supervisor Betsy La Force said all through a July 20 meeting, the place the plan was given first finding out.
Zoning modifications like these outlined inside the new plan had been written to help city stay away from residence buyouts and pricey infrastructure enhancements, a metropolis spokesman said, citing tons of of 1000’s spent in flood-prone residence buyouts alongside Church Creek in West Ashley.
Areas highlighted for dense progress inside the metropolis plan embody:
- Upper King and Meeting streets on the peninsula
- Land alongside Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley
- Areas alongside Maybank Highway on James and Johns islands
- Properties near Interstate 526 and alongside Clements Ferry Road on Daniel Island and the Cainhoy Peninsula.
But not all developments inside the highlighted areas can be the similar, metropolis officers said.
“I don’t suppose it’s going to be the wholesale change you may see alongside Meeting and King streets downtown,” planning and sustainability director Christopher Morgan knowledgeable the City Paper in August. “Meeting Street is on the bus quick transit line, basically probably the most actually helpful mission of that depth. These normally will not be key transit routes, the Maybank corridor, nevertheless they may presumably be bus route.”
Other key components inside the metropolis plan embody cheap housing unit progress. City officers have spoken at dimension regarding the need for 16,000 new units by 2030 to satisfy demand primarily based totally on inhabitants projections. Over the ultimate 20 years, public and nonprofit entities inside the metropolis have labored to create or shield a imply of 94 cheap housing gadgets per yr, the plan states.
While the nice plan itself doesn’t change authorized tips or guidelines, it is used to inform and knowledge lawmakers and leaders on future decisions. The full plan can be be taught at charlestoncityplan.com.