Public input for Church Creek wetlands due Thursday

Public input for Church Creek wetlands due Thursday
November 12 11:53 2018 Print This Article

Local residents have until Thursday to submit comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the plan to fill in more than four acres of wetlands in Church Creek. It is part of D.R. Horton’s planned Harmony subdivision, which would place 240 single family homes on 166 acres of property. It takes 20 residents to call for a public hearing on the wetlands filling permits. Requests for a public hearing may either be submitted by mail to Mary Hope Green, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 69-A Hagood Ave., Charleston, SC 29403 (Project Number SAC-2006-03522-Revised) or delivered in person to the downtown office. The wetlands permits also have to be approved by the South Carolina Office of Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). The City of Charleston approved all of its permits for the project in early 2015, before the string of major flooding events began in August 2015.

The Coastal Conservation League issued talking points concerning its opposition to the Harmony project. The group believes that no construction should should be allowed in the Church Creek Drainage Basin until the $43 million in proposed infrastructure improvements are in place. Hundreds of homes in the basin have experienced repetitive flooding damage since August 2015. Weston and Sampson, the engineering group that conducted the Church Creek Drainage Basin Study acknowledged that filling the wetlands was a major factor in the flooding events.