Charleston leaders consider ordinance to eliminate 86 potential future hotel locations

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - City officials are asking for the public's input on an ordinance that could limit where future hotels could be built.

Hotel overlay districts are areas where developers can request the opportunity to build hotels. A new ordinance would remove 86 such sites, which currently include home and church locations, from consideration.

The main concern of Thursday night's meeting is the quality of life for locals with a focus on the bittersweet, booming tourism industry.

On the positive side, it brings in millions of tourists and billions of dollars to our economy. But on the negative side, it brings an influx of constant traffic.

The City of Charleston Planning Commission says removing the overlay areas being considered is an important step to managing tourism and could eliminate 5000 potential hotel rooms downtown.

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