Plan West Ashley draft report revealed to the public

Plan West Ashley draft report revealed to the public
September 18 21:01 2017 Print This Article

Two workshops were conducted Monday at The Schoolhouse office complex detailing the draft version of the West Ashley Master Plan. The 19-member West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC) participated in the workshop in the afternoon, and a standing room crowd from the general public participated in the evening.

Public comments on the document are being compiled and will be converted into a second draft by consulting firm Dover Kohl, which will be presented to the WARC Tues., Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm at West Ashley High School. The final draft will be voted on Wed., Nov. 8 and will be sent to the City of Charleston Planning Commission for a public hearing a week later. The final draft could be approved by Charleston City Council as early as Tues., Dec. 19. You can review the draft document and post comments here: https://www.planwestashley.com/engage

Dover Kohl principal partner Victor Dover told the general public participants, “The best plan is made by many hands, and we need to make sure it has your fingerprints on it.” The draft report was based on input by about 1000 people who attended workshops in April and May and thousands of e-mails. Hard copies of the draft report are available at the two West Ashley libraries, Deming Park Community Center, the West Ashley Charleston Tennis Center, Bees Landing Recreation Center  and WL Stephens pool.

The draft report addresses the categories of community design and land use, transportation, infrastructure, housing and economic development.  Survey data shows that 84% of West Ashley’s 72,000 residents commute outside of the area.  The draft plan stressed the need to increase commercial office space in West Ashley so that more people will have an opportunity to work close to home.  The infrastructure section included a variety options to improve the drainage system, including retrofitting parks with absorbent plants, upgrading parking lots, planting more trees and improving the maintenance for the drainage system.

Residents will have opportunities to view the draft plan Tuesday and on Sept. 26 from 8 to 10 am at WildFlour Pastry, 1750 Savannah Hwy, the West Ashley Farmers Market, 55 Sycamore Ave. during the next three Wednesdays from 3 to 7 pm, and  the City Planning Department, 2 George St. (behind the Gaillard Center) September 21 and 28 from 11 am to 1 pm.  Neighborhood association and community groups may request presentations by e-mailing WARC Chairman Peter Shahid at Peter@CharlestonCityCouncil9.org and West Ashley planner Mandi Herring at HerringA@charleston-sc.gov.