Building height limits slashed at Mt. Pleasant town council, heads to planning commission

Building height limits slashed at Mt. Pleasant town council, heads to planning commission

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - In a 8-1 vote, Mount Pleasant town council agreed to slash building height limits in parts of the town to 45 feet.

The measure will now go to the planning commission for a approval and back to town council in July.

"Absolutely a big night, but it's a bigger night for the citizens," council member Gary Santos said. "It's what they wanted and I'm glad council stepped up to the table now."

Santos has been pushing for height limits to be slashed for years.

He says a big step was made inside council Wednesday evening.

But, he said, it took a lot of disagreements to get there.

The motion stated it would limit building heights on Coleman Boulevard to 45 feet and three stories tall, where 55 feet buildings were once allowed.

At two shopping centers, Moultrie Plaza and Sea Island Shopping Center, where 75 feet buildings were once allowed, the new limit would be 55 feet and four stories.

Council member Joe Bustos was among the leaders pushing for a decision to be reached.

"It's too high. We need to reduce the heights and we need to do it tonight," Bustos said, slamming his fists down.

Bustos' adamant reaction came after Mayor Linda Page presented a recommendation to slash building heights to 65 feet, at the beginning of the meeting.

Then, Mayor Page entertained the idea of pausing the decision making to allow a study.

The motion failed and the idea for the study was met with backlash.

The public comment period heard a lot of adamant voices, many calling for a 45 feet height limit.

"We don't want more boulevards and we do not want more parking garages," Jimmy Bagwell said.

"Someone needs to say enough is enough!" Elliot Barrow said.

Some council members said the decision to not allow 75 feet buildings in parts of Mount Pleasant could save the area.

"It's certainly inappropriate to have those along Coleman Boulevard," Santos said. "It would basically shut Coleman Blvd. down in my opinion."

Short term rentals and accessory housing were also discussed, but council decided to pause any decisions on this.

Council agreed to wait for the task force to come up with recommendations later this year before making changes.

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