January an eventful month for West Ashley’s future

January an eventful month for West Ashley’s future
January 08 12:26 2018 Print This Article

There are a number of events coming up in January which will have a big impact on West Ashley’s future. On Tuesday, January 9 at 5 pm, new West Ashley Councilmen Kevin Shealy and Harry Griffin will be sworn in at City Hall. They are both committed to implementing the Church Creek drainage basin recommendations presented by engineering firm Weston & Sampson. None of the $44 Million in recommendations is funded in the 2018 budget.

The West Ashley Revitalization Commission will present the updated West Ashley Master Plan at a workshop with the City of Charleston Planning Commission Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 pm at The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Road. The Planning Commission will take up the plan at its January 17 meeting. There will be public comment periods at both meetings. The community must decide if it wants to adopt the New Urbanism planning model, which features high-density apartment complexes and lots of spending on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. You can read the December 28 Master Plan update.

On Tuesday, January 23 at City Hall (5 pm), there will be a pubic hearing on the request of property owners in the Ashley River Historic District to be annexed into the City of Charleston.  The properties are outside of the urban growth boundary agreed to by City of Charleston and Charleston County.  The City of North Charleston is also interested in annexing the property, and West Ashley residents and preservationists are concerned that it will allow high density development in an area already plagued by traffic congestion and flooding.  The Weston and Sampson drainage study was based on a computer model which left that land undeveloped.