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Potential rezoning of Folly Road addressed at hearing

After Charleston County Council decided to not move forward with the decision to re-zone the "Neighborhood Preservation" area on Folly Road in April, the issue is once again in the lime-light.

Charleston County planning and Zoning Director Daniel Pennick said the half mile stretch, on James Island, from Grimball Road to Battery Island Drive could change the area to reflect a more commercial atmosphere. He said the zoning change would put strict limits on the types of businesses allowed in the area.

"The principle issue in this one section which is called neighborhood preservation is to allow additional commercial type of uses, or not to allow those uses," said Pennick. "Today, it's called a 'Commercial Transitional Zone.' There's been some interest in having more intense type of commercial uses and there's also been interest by residents to keep it more residential."

Pennick said this possible rezoning may seem ambiguous to people in the area, but this portion is part of the 5 sections included in the overlay district.

The other four areas include: North Village, Commercial Core, Southern Village Area and Conservation Area.

A decision is expected at County Council on May 20th.

"If it goes to commercial type uses, design standards and buffers and screening to protect the residents on the backsides of the property's fronting on Folly Road," said Pennick. "Particularly to manage access to Folly Road because when you get down to that area between Grimbrell and Battery Island, you're really getting into an area that has limited alternatives for access."

The hearing will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Sons of Elijah Lodge, 1831 Folly Road.

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