Upper peninsula zoning district meeting scheduled for Wednesday

Charleston’s Upper Peninsula Initiative aims to lay out a vision for development in the East Central neighborhood and other areas between the Cooper River and Interstate 26, from Lee Street to Milford Street.

The city of Charleston is holding a public meeting on possibly creating a special zoning district for the upper peninsula at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422, at 1142 Morrison Drive.

The new Upper Peninsula Zoning District would encourage owners to build responsibly and sustainably to positively impact the area and its residents. This zoning district would largely be incentive-based, allowing owners to build taller and denser structures in return for implementing development which is purposefully designed to directly benefit the area. Some development options being proposed include affordable housing options, managing stormwater and flooding and the addition of parks and plazas.

The effort is part of the Charleston Upper Peninsula Initiative, which is an innovative and collaborative community planning effort to help promote thoughtful growth of the area.

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