Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston City Council overruled the city’s own Planning Commission Tuesday, approving a zoning change that clears the ways for a new 462-site residential development on Johns Island.
The rezoning is expected to end a years-old lawsuit where the property owners were claiming millions of dollars in damages if they were not allowed a more lenient zoning category.
The decision was not welcomed by all Johns Island residents, some of whom expressed fears about noise and traffic being added to the mostly rural areas around River and Plow Ground roads.
Others opposition came from those concerned about air accidents, contending that building a mix of residential, retail, warehouse and commercial businesses so close to the Charleston Executive Airport will create a community danger if an aviation mishap occurs.
An assisted living site is also planned.
Last month, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 against a zoning change that would move the property up from the city’s lowest zoning classification — allowing one unit per 11/2 acres — to a more active Planned Unit Development. The group said the 462-acre development as presented was too big and intense for Johns Island to absorb.
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