CHARLESTON β€” The public is getting a chance to discuss plans for a $300 million deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a so-called scoping meeting Tuesday. It’s the first chance the public has to comment, although the corps has been taking comment from state and federal agencies.

Corps spokeswoman Glenn Jeffries says the agency is seeking comments on what should be studied. The comment period closes in February when the agency proceeds with a feasibility study and a draft environmental impact statement.

Jeffries says if everything falls into place β€” including funding β€” it will still be at least 2020 before the channel is deepened. Maritime interests say a deeper channel will handle larger ships when the Panama Canal is widened.