Charleston City Council to consider six-month development moratorium for Johns Island

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council members will meet Tuesday to vote on a six-month residential building moratorium for Johns Island. 

The proposal for a moratorium comes after the Johns Island Community Association gathered more than 1,500 signatures in a petition. That petition was brought to Mayor Tecklenberg and other city leaders.

"We've been working with the city and the county for about six months or so on a very specific plan, which is to halt development for six months," Johns Island Community Association member Brad DeVos said.

A spokesperson from the city says if the moratorium passes, it will halt the development of about 2,000 residential buildings.

But there are already more than 800 residential units in 17 projects that are already approved, which would be allowed to continue development during the moratorium.

While many Johns Island residents are excited by the possibility of a moratorium, some are skeptical.

"We don't need six months to say, 'What is the problem?'" Charleston resident Jason Crowley said. "We know what the problem is: the roads aren't built, the infrastructure is not there, development is moving too slow."

Leaders within the Johns Island Community Association say the goal of the moratorium is for city leaders, developers and neighbors to come together and agree on a unified plan for how to proceed with development on Johns Island.

"Well, we've certainly heard from a lot of Johns Island residents, and they certainly seem to be in support of this moratorium," senior advisor to Mayor Tecklenberg, Josh Martin, said.

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