The latest design plans for the new Union Pier cruise ship passenger terminal will be presented at a public forum July 18, starting at noon in the existing terminal building at 196 Concord St. in downtown Charleston.

The new terminal is planned as a redevelopment of an existing building at the north end of Union Pier, near Laurens and Concord streets. The current terminal is located at the south end of Union Pier, off Concord Street near the foot of Market Street.

The new cruise terminal is seen as the first step in a larger redevelopment of the Union Pier property, owned by the State Ports Authority. Opponents don’t want large cruise ships to dock at Union Pier, and a lawsuit has been filed that aims to block Carnival Cruise Lines from using that location.

Monday’s forum is the last of three that the State Ports Authority announced it would hold on design plans for the terminal, but it is likely not the last public meeting, because the city’s Board of Architectural Review is expected to also review the plans.

Check out the opposing views from the SPA and Coastal Conservation League websites.