2014 Kickball – Press Release Recreation Dept.

Contact: Cindy Dambaugh

North Charleston Recreation Dept.

Phone: 843-740-5801

E-mail: cdambaugh@northcharleston.org

Press Release

North Charleston, SC – December 30, 2013:

The North Charleston Recreation Department is accepting teams for the upcoming 2014 Winter Co-Ed Kickball League. A manager’s meeting will be held at North Charleston City Hall, 2nd Floor- Montague Room on January 7th at 6:30pm.  Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at MeadWestvaco Kapstone Park.  Entry fee for the league is $275.00 per team. All interested teams are urged to have a representative present at this meeting.  For more information call Cindy Dambaugh at 843-740-5801, or e-mail cdambaugh@northcharleston.org.  For information on all North Charleston Recreation Department Programs visit our website at www.northcharleston.org.

From Councilman Brinson

December  15, 2013

A  Simple and Sincere “Thank You”

To District 4 residents and all North Charlestonians.

Your condolences and support to my family after

the November 7 death of our son, Steven, has meant so much to us.

Thank You —  so very much !

 RUMORS AND SUSPICIONS abound about “landfills” and “dumps”

and zoning generally in the Palmetto Commerce Parkway Corridor. I want to address this with a factual summary which will provide you an update.

 

But first, please understand – THERE WILL BE NO NEW LANDFILLS or “DUMPS” of any kind in the PCP corridor!  Charleston County has considered – conceptually – a self-contained recycling center, but even that project has been withdrawn from current North Charleston planning and zoning agendas.

 

Since 2008, the city’s comprehensive plan’s future land use map has designated the properties along the broad Palmetto Commerce Parkway property corridor for commercial and/or industrial uses.  Zoning, however, has not been consistent with these designations.

 

About three months ago, Charleston County designated a parcel zoned “R-1” near the Pepperhill subdivision for its recycling center. Neighborhood protests keyed a decision to move the proposed recycling center farther north on PCP, at what we now know to be the “Cowboy Logistics” site.  This property is zoned “M-1” and thus Charleston County would not need a zoning change…..BUT the county and the mayor’s office discussed annexing an adjacent parcel zoned “R-1”.  With this property combination rezoned “M-1”, recycling truck parking could be in the rear of the building.

 

My position: the proposed zoning change should be incorporated as a Planned Development District or within an enforceable intergovernmental agreement that would limit the uses to recycling and the planned parking.  This would provide public review of any Charleston County decision to expand the scope of the “recycling” operation. I have also made clear my concern for rush-hour traffic congestion at PCP intersections with Ladson Road and Ashley Phosphate– and that these growing problems would be compounded by Charleston County’s truck-based recycling operation at this location.

 

On November 22, the City proposed a sweeping zoning proposal to rezone all  the PCP properties to consistency with the comprehensive development plan. This covers multiple parcels—and more than 800 acres. The City was the “applicant” — not any property owner.

 

The rezoning proposal would have covered the County’s rezoning goals for its recycling center without any provisions for public review of expanded functions.

 

And the rezoning proposals would also have formalized “M-1” zoning at several residential neighborhood boundaries. The City proposed 100-foot “R-1” property barriers which would then require 50-foot setbacks for any “M-1” uses. This would have the effect of 150-foot “buffers”.   There are no immediate development plans for any of these properties. But the PCP corridor is a dynamic growth area for the Lowcountry and the proposed changes would have implemented the zoning indicated on the city’s future land use map.

 

This proposed rezoning seemed to be on a fairly fast track. Planning Commission review was set for Monday, December 9.

 

On December 5,   Councilman Dwight Stigler and I informed Mayor Summey of our concerns for the “packaging” and the timing of this initiative.  While rezoning of the PCP corridor for comprehensive plan consistency has been pending for many years, the initiative too many was perceived as somehow connected to the Charleston County recycling plans. This “packaging” simply sharpened the public’s anxiety and questions about the recycling project, to wit, why there, and what are the real long term plans for this facility.  Thus, Councilman Stigler and I asked Mayor Summey  1. to separate the recycling zoning from the “comprehensive consistency zoning package”, and  2. to slow the processes for each so that the public will have plenty of time and maximum opportunities for input.  One sweeping package of rezoning for a recycling center with unclear long term functional planning AND 800 acres of properties that partially abound long-standing residential neighborhoods simply requires broad public review and input.

Mayor Summey immediately agreed.  And shortly thereafter, the proposals for the 800-acre rezoning and the rezoning related to the recycling center were removed from the Planning Commission December 9 agenda.  The mayor also has suggested that we have neighborhood forums to discuss the ultimate rezoning of the PCP corridor and the range of uses for the general M-1 designations which will be the initial proposal.  This will provide plenty of time and notice for public input. And I shall keep you informed.

An 18-acre PCP parcel nearer Ashley Phosphate on the east side of the roadway is in process of rezoning to M-1 to accommodate an “economic development” use. At the initial public hearing last Thursday, the mayor and city council went through the tax identification numbers carefully and declared for the record that this proposed zoning would apply only to the specified 18-acre site and in no way would extend beyond the specified boundaries.

So, we should all understand that Palmetto Commerce Parkway is now the most dynamic development corridor in South Carolina. With the recent surge of economic development announcements for our region, PCP will become even more a “growth” area.  City Council clearly is committed to assuring ample public input on all policy changes, especially zoning that impacts long-established residential neighborhoods. Should you have any questions or concerns about these issues – or about the rumors and suspicions regarding “dumps” and “landfills”, please contact me directly at this e mail address.

 

Paddock Pointe – one nice District 4 neighborhood now has its homeowners association up and running. Marese Odom is its first president.  He can be reached atodomscomputing@comcast.net

 

SPEEDING VEHICLES pose worrisome problems in many neighborhoods. North Charleston City Police has some excellent traffic analysis techniques to deter speeders and strategies for enforcement.  HOA leaders interested in exploring these initiatives should contact via this e mail address.

 

CORNER AT WESCOTT —   Starbucks, Moe’s and Jersey Mike’s