Proposal would make Charleston developers consider traffic concerns before building

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Traffic and congestion continue to be hot topics in the Lowcountry. A new proposal would put the pressure on any future developers and builders in the city of Charleston to consider those traffic concerns before pouring concrete or hammering in the first nail.

The change would apply to large developers of new neighborhoods, apartments complexes or shopping centers and would require them to consider traffic mitigation issues. For instance, developers could have to add a CARTA bus stop or be creative in order to alleviate any new traffic their development could bring to a certain area.

On Tuesday, the City of Charleston’s Transportation and Planning Committees will discuss a proposal that would require new developers to consider traffic mitigation.

The changes would give the Technical Review Committee more power to make new developers include traffic improvements in their initial designs.

The city wants these developers to have more responsibility when it comes to reducing that traffic.

In addition to public transportation accommodations, a developer may be required to provide assistance for pedestrians and normal traffic as well.

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