Will Charleston end fill and build development?

Will Charleston end fill and build development?
October 04 14:41 2019 Print This Article

At a Thursday Mayoral debate sponsored by the flooding prevention advocacy group Groundswell, many candidates expressed opposition to the fill and build development practice. Fill and build involves elevating building sites several feet with fill dirt to meet the FEMA elevation requirements. The practice often causes flooding at existing structures due to increased stormwater runoff.

Candidate Sheri Irwin noted that Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin added an agenda item for the October 8 City Council meeting to discuss drafting an ordinance that would ban fill and build development city-wide. Candidates Maurice Washington, Mike Seekings and Renee Orth also voiced support for banning fill and build development. Mayor John Tecklenburg said he opposes a stand-alone ordinance that addresses fill and build, stating that it should just be considered as a part of the city’s planned stormwater manual.

The October 8 City Council meeting begins at Charleston City Hall, 80 Broad Street, at 5 pm. The public comment period will occur before the discussion of the fill and build ban ordinance. The second reading of an ordinance to increase zoning density at Citadel Mall will take place before the public comment period.

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