CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - City of Charleston's Planning Commission is set to discuss proposed rezoning of Phase II of the Maybank Gathering Place on Wednesday.
"The Gathering Place zoning was inappropriate for this side of town...the amount of growth we've been seeing," Lindsay Hamrick, a James Island local, said.
After months of public controversy, city documents show leaders have been working to address the Gathering Place district, which allows for an unlimited number of apartments to be built in zoned areas. According to city documents, city leaders proposed Phase II located at Maybank at Promenade Vista St. be rezoned to "planned unit development" or PUD. PUD zoning would require a mix of commercial space, green space and a maximum of 279 apartments on the Maybank site.
Locals such as Hamrick said the proposed zoning change is a step in the right direction but more revisions are needed.
"We wish they'd keep up with the beauty and what we like on our Sea Island communities," Hamrick said. "Low-level buildings, more green space...lower density overall. We just feel 40 units per acre is too much."
According to plans submitted to the Planning Commission, the 10.5 acre project is set to be built between The Standard apartments and James Island Shopping Center. Designs show three multi-family units, as well as approximately three acres of required green space.
Some locals still worry about the development adding more cars to an already congested island; others see the rezoning as step towards compromise.
"I think having a cap would be very beneficial," Travis Robinson, said. "People can still have new condos, and hopefully not get over the population with traffic and everything."
City Council gave first reading approval to the proposed Planned Unit Development on June 21, 2016. Planning Commission deferred the request during its July meeting.
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