Washington pledges to limit future Johns Island development

Washington pledges to limit future Johns Island development
October 02 15:14 2019 Print This Article

Charleston Mayoral candidate Maurice Washington addressed a group of Johns Island residents Tuesday at Low Tide Brewery on Maybank Highway and pledged to limit future development on the island. He said, “I have been warning against over-development on Johns Island for more than a decade.” Washington also vowed to end fill-and-build development and filling in wetlands.

Washington said that he was warning people about Charleston flooding risks since he was a City Councilman in the 1990s and that his warnings were ignored. Following up on the recently completed Dutch Dialogues drainage study, Washington said that acquiring water storage areas and retrofitting land with absorbent plants and trees will do more to mitigate flooding than spending billions on tunnels and other engineering structures. He said “green infrastructure” projects will save city taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, adding, “let nature do its job – slowing water and filtering it.”

Acknowledging the long-standing Johns Island traffic congestion, Washington said the Main Road “flyover” project that bypasses Savannah Highway and the Maybank Highway “pitchfork” projects will be effective in easing the congestion. The $7.6 million south leg of the “pitchfork” at the intersection of Maybank and River Road has not yet been funded by Charleston County Council through its transportation sales tax. Washington also said that the Charleston Police Department should have a Johns Island. substation.