DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County Council is looking to diminish part of the Ashley River Historic overlay district to allow development.
But, before the measures are approved, the public gets to weigh-in.
There will be a workshop Thursday at 4 pm, immediately following Planning Commission meeting. It will be held at 500 North Main St. Summerville, SC 29483
Some feel by eliminating protections on a historic area, that's been preserved for more than 300 years, commercial and residential opportunities would open up.
Others are concerned this move would jeopardize the local heritage and natural beauty of the area.
In 2007 Dorchester County Council, in the face of tremendous residential and commercial growth pressures, adopted an ordinance that created the Ashley River Historic Overlay (ARHO) District, with the intent of promoting responsible development and mitigating the effects of new construction within the district.
However, on July 6, Councilman Bill Hearn, Jr. introduced an amendment that would redraw the lines of the Ashley River Historic Overlay District, eliminating Districts 3 and 4 in their entirety.
The Ashley River Historic Overlay District sits on about 30,000 acres of land.
The area the county is looking at developing would be on about 3,000 acres.