For several months, controversy has grown concerning development projects that have been proposed for downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on the Sergeant Jasper site.
Local communities, as well as a variety of outside interest groups, have voiced their opposition to the development project. They seek to change the current ordinances that would allow the city’s officials to approve the proposed development.
In contrast, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce does not want to change the current ordinance. Doing so would prevent developers from constructing on the property based on the ordinance’s requirements.
The critical point of the controversy is the height regulation, which is called 3X zoning. This standard allows crews to build structures that are taller than the typical building-height restrictions, depending on which variances the developer chooses, such as being a greater distance from the street. The peninsula has two locations where this zoning applies, one of which is Sergeant Jasper.
At the most recent meeting of the Planning Commission, officials recommended deleting the 3X zoning to approve a maximum height of 55 feet. The City Council will discuss the recommendation and the controversy at its next meeting.
Despite any controversy about the current proposal, the chamber will not support any ordinances that have been changed by local officials when construction of pending developments already has started in compliance with current ordinances. The chamber said developers must be able to trust officials, as well as the law, when making major business decisions.