West Ashley Master Plan may be approved by December

West Ashley Master Plan may be approved by December
August 10 12:34 2017 Print This Article

The City of Charleston’s West Ashley planner Mandi Herring presented a time-table for acting on the West Ashley Master Plan at the August meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC). The commission was created in September 2016 to facilitate the planning process. Charleston City Council could approve the master plan as early as December 19.

The draft plan being prepared by consulting group Dover Kohl based on community input is expected to be submitted in September. The WARC will hold a workshop on the draft plan Mon., Sept. 18 from 2 to 5 pm at The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd. A public workshop will be held immediately afterward. The format will be similar to the design studio workshops held at Citadel Mall in May.

A revised draft plan will be presented to the public Oct. 17. The WARC will vote on the revision at its Nov. 8 regular meeting. If the draft plan is approved, the West Ashley Master Plan will be presented to the City of Charleston Planning Commission, which will hold a public hearing Wed., Nov. 15. The City Council could approve the plan by voting for it at its Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 regular meetings.

During the August WARC meeting public comment period, West Ashley resident Sheri Irwin urged the commission to reject the “sustainable development” agenda advocated by the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which calls for high-density development and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by having fewer people driving cars. Irwin wants to see West Ashley retain its suburban character and lifestyle. Charleston is not currently a member of ICLEI.

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  1. August 11, 19:13 #1 Sheri Irwin

    Don’t forget the planner said in the July meeting that she wanted an EASEMENT OF PROPERTY OWNERS.. At the Aug. 9th meeting she said they want corridors on Sycamore Ave. and Magnolia! Corridors mean stretches where they will take private property and build their ugly, oppressive looking apt., etc.

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