Washington rejects West Ashley Master Plan

Washington rejects West Ashley Master Plan
October 18 17:35 2019 Print This Article

Speaking at the West Ashley United Mayoral Forum Thursday, Charleston Mayoral candidate Maurice Washington rejected the West Ashley Master Plan, which was initiated in late 2016 and was adopted by Charleston City Council in 2018. He asked the 65 people in attendance how many were in favor of the urbanization of West Ashley. Only one person raised her hand.

“The density in this plan is overwhelming,” Washington said. “This plan is a mistake. We need a fresh look at this, and we need you to be a part of it. We need to make sure we get this right!” Washington added that existing over-development was a major reason for West Ashley’s current traffic woes.

Washington also pledged to move more city meetings out of City Hall and into West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, and Daniel Island so they are more convenient for Charleston residents to attend and avoid parking fees. He also recommended that Charleston’s 5% franchise fee ($14.5 million in 2018) be used to bury power lines.

West Ashley High School principal Ryan Cumback made opening remarks and noted that getting more West Ashley students to attend his school would ease traffic congestion. Cumback also touted the career center that will open at the school in August 2021 and feature automotive repair, cybersecurity, welding, robotics, and other career offerings.