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Development in crash zones near Chas. Air Force Base evaluated by lawmakers

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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Tri-County lawmakers got feedback Tuesday from the community on what should be built in airplane crash zones around the Charleston Air Force Base.

The rectangles on the map linked to the article are crash zones for planes around the Air Force Base, also known as Accident Potential Zones and Airfield Clear Zone. The green area is where the North Charleston Coliseum and Tanger Outlets are located.

The Tri-County Council of Governments is using The Transfer of Development Rights Study to determine if shopping and retail developments should continue to be built so close to the Charleston Air Force Base.

They are also looking at whether manufacturing sites could be a better option.

"The reason for the study is quite simple. The community needs to look at how it can make sure that it's doing everything it can to keep the bases here,” said Ryan Castle, Government Affairs Director for the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors has been giving advice to council.

 “We don't know if this is something we need to have but this is a tool that other jurisdictions have used,” said Castle.

A spokesperson from the Air Force Base says the outcome of the study could affect the future flying operations at both the base and the international airport.

"What you're talking about is trying to make sure that the uses along Joint Base Charleston are compatible with Joint Base,” said Castle.

Castle says changing the focus on what's developed in the area could take some time.

Castle said, "The feedback I've gotten from consultants is that this is going to have to be really unique to the North Charleston area."

A spokesperson with the council of governments said the study could be finished by November of this year.

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