Zoning plan to make Folly Road more appealing and safer

Zoning plan to make Folly Road more appealing and safer

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County planners say they have a solution for a crowded stretch of Folly Road.

Folly Road is the only road that leads to Folly Beach.

Officials say a proposed zoning plan would make the road more appealing and safer to travel.

The idea is to create five regions, a North Village, A Commercial Core, South Village, Neighborhood Preservation and Conservation.

The regions would begin on Folly Road at Tatum Street and would end at the Folly River.

"Folly is pretty commercial already. I don't know what you can do to change that."

.Officials say there is something that can be done.

Each region would be zoned to control the businesses allowed to be there.

In some areas, businesses such as car dealers, hotels and tattoo parlors would be banned.

"Restricting businesses is a bad idea because James island's gonna lose money, which hurts everybody," said Greg Riggs, who owns a small business.

The plan also calls for sidewalks and safety for pedestrians.

"Like they're doing downtown to the Crosstown, with all the Palmetto trees, if they could do something on the side of the road, that would be nice, a little aesthetic pleasing," said Shawn Cooley.

Charleston County Council may vote on the zoning plan at its November 7 meeting.

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