Plans to build more than 200 townhomes have raised fear among dozens of residents who worry about the project's impact on the surrounding communities.
Boom & Balance
An occasional series exploring the challenges ahead and the solutions being tested as rapid growth and development continue to outpace expectations and reshape the tri-county Charleston metro area.
South Carolina's Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office estimates that, over the next 15 years, the state's population will grow by 1,009,715 — a more than 19 percent increase from the current 5.2 million residents.
A proposed 240-unit apartment development off Interstate 26 at S.C. Highway 27 in Pringletown on the western edge of Berkeley County could soon help transform this rural community about a mile north of the $220 million Walmart distribution center under construction in Dorchester County and about a mile west of the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant.
The history of the Cainhoy Peninsula is older than Charleston because Native Americans settled the area 8,000 years ago. Is there any way to preserve that history with all the development in the area?
With more road projects being discussed in Summerville, the town is split on what to do about a solution.
Rapid population growth is spreading to towns and cities across South Carolina, bringing challenges and opportunities.
Goose Creek demographics have changed over the past decade. The Berkeley County city has become younger, more affluent, better educated and more diverse.
Charleston County's $106 million Airport Connector Road project will aim to accommodate existing and future travel demands at Charleston International Airport and address increased traffic congestion as the region continues to develop. But it will also force a handful of people to find somewhere else to live and some companies a new place to do business.
Highlighted in the town's comprehensive plan for the next 15 to 20 years is a goal to strategically revitalize the Brownsville community.
When finally completed, Cainhoy Plantation could have as many as 30,000 residents along Clements Ferry Road. What will the mega-development mean for people already living in the area?
The controversy over expanding S.C. Highway 41 through the Phillips community has garnered a lot of attention. It's far from the first time a road project has impacted a Black neighborhood.
The faith community is playing a key role in regional efforts to address the affordability crisis, using its influence to bring awareness to the issue and formulating partnerships with cities and businesses to develop properties that have been vacant or dilapidated for years.
The influx of new students over the past decade has led to classrooms in trailers, overcrowded hallways, jam-packed cafeterias and teachers left with no space to call their own.
The city of Hanahan has issued almost as many demolition permits since the beginning of the year as in the past three years combined.
Summerville officials are looking to be strategic with bringing in pockets of unincorporated Dorchester County called "doughnut holes" into the town’s limits. The problem is that filling up these spaces means convincing businesses and homeowners to voluntarily join Summerville through annexation.
The number of potential Charleston-area beachgoers increases every year, limited only by the available parking — a point of conflict between island residents and non-residents who want to enjoy the ocean.
Moncks Corner is the fourth-fastest-growing town in South Carolina, with a 25 percent population increase in the past five years, according to town figures. Maintaining the feel of the "Lowcountry's Hometown" amid the growth isn't easy.
Over the past few decades, Summerville has grown from a small retirement and vacation hub to a development hot spot.
Long Savannah, a massive development initially seen as strengthening conservation in the Charleston region, is now being challenged by environmental groups. Though it's been in the works for around 15 years, the more than 3,000-acre project is still in the relatively early stages of getting approval for disturbing sensitive wetlands.
Johns Islanders have grown accustomed to hours of traffic backups and neighborhoods flooding. It wasn't always like this and there may be some relief ahead.
At the heart of Berkeley County's growth, there are three major developments: Cane Bay, Carnes Crossroads and Nexton. All together, including all the land acquired by those companies, there are more than 27,000 residences planned.
A $77 million environmental cleanup along the Ashley River is ongoing, preparing a 133-acre site for the largest development ever on the Charleston peninsula.
Lowcountry residents were shocked when a study warned the Charleston area's population could soar to nearly 800,000 by 2030.
Then all that growth arrived by 2019.
The exit at mile marker 189 will provide direct access to Camp Hall Commerce Park. It will also redirect traffic away from the current two-lane access roads through the tiny Pringletown community
As development marches up the Charleston peninsula, new plans for a 175-acre former landfill are being created.