Councilman Ron Brinson – December 12, 2016

Harris Teeter Pushing Fuel Station Plans

The Corner at Wescott  has become a dynamic and successful part of our community. As I have reported to you so many times over the last two years, Harris Teeter covets a fuel station at this shopping center to complement its multi-dimensional store. The store’s owners and the shopping center’s owners are well aware that “overlay” zoning generally along Dorchester Road prohibits gas-fuel stations/convenience stores, a standard our community has supported and protected for nearly 20 years.  Nonetheless their insistence persists and now they have filed formal application to amend applicable planned development district zoning so as to permit the fuel station.

Our city’s Planning Commission will begin its processing of this application at its January 9 public meeting, 6 p.m., Buist Room-Third Floor, City Hall.  The commission will make its recommendation to City Council which will decide the issue ultimately in February.  This is the most important planning issue to evolve in our community in many years and could have far-reaching effects.  HOA leaders are encouraged to spread the word of this public process and urge residents to tune in and weigh in with their positions.

I am and I have been firmly against this concept.  Councilman Kenny Skipper of Council District 9 is adamantly opposed. Abridging the zoning standards to permit a fuel station anywhere along this section of Dorchester Road could create a precedent leading to a concussive undermining of zoning standards and ever more fuel-gas stations.  An incidental concern –the proposed site itself along the Dorchester Road buffer seems too small and limited, an ill-fit for a parking area that already seems cramped and crowded.

Harris Teeter folks claim they have ample community support to be manifested during the processes before the Planning Commission and City Council.

We’ll see.  I’ll keep you posted.

Citizens Advisory Commission-North Charleston Police Department

After more than a year in formulation, this Commission will finally be organized early in the new year. Its primary purpose is to advise our city’s police department on its efforts to improve the all-important interface relationships police officers have with citizens and neighborhoods.

Each City Council member will appoint two members. Mayor Summey will have a single appointee. Terms for appointments are not specified. The members will select their chairman and agenda.

If you are interested in serving, please visit this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/0YFdeML4fuRm6RSi2 …..You can review the Bylaws and complete and submit an application.  Please note: The deadline for submission is noon on December 30.  Background checks will be conducted for applicants.

I intend to meet with HOA and other neighborhood leaders before finalizing my appointments. I will keep everyone informed. And if you have questions or counsel concerning this important initiative, please contact me directly at rbrin@aol.com.

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