Charleston Landowner Withdraws Dump Proposal

September 15, 2010

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The NerveA large turnout was expected at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Charleston County Planning and Public Works Committee, but in the end the meeting was anticlimactic.

The owner of a 313-acre parcel on Savannah Highway in the southwest part of the county was seeking an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan to allow the tract to be used for waste disposal, but there was considerable opposition to the proposal.

The site is presently classed conservation management for future land use and is in the Ace Basin area.

The Planning Commission early last year rejected a planned-unit development that would have allowed the site to be used as a construction waste dump.

After further public hearings and postponements, the owner subsequently sought to amend the county’s comprehensive plan relating to future land use that would have facilitated permission for a land fill.

In the end, not much happened. The owner withdrew the application just before the meeting and, according to committee discussion, the withdrawal equated to a rejection by the Planning and Public Works Committee.

The owner will not be allowed to bring the issue before Council again for 12 months.

No explanation was given for the withdrawal.

Council Chairman Teddie Pryor Sr. supported the application previously, stating that Charleston County could not continue to use a dump in North Charleston. Others thought otherwise, it seems.