Panel to review Oak Bluff

A controversial plan to develop more than 60 acres on the upper Cainhoy Peninsula, with more than 200 homes and a dry-stack marina, will go before the Charleston Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The Oak Bluff neighborhood development, backed by Bennett Hofford Construction Co., has been designed to fit the city's "neighborhood district" zoning, which means approval by the city's Board of Zoning Appeals and City Council are not needed.

The Planning Commission will review the subdivision, and the city's planning and design staff have recommended that the commission approve the plan. Along Clements Ferry Road, opponents have erected signs warning "Last Chance Cainhoy!!!" next to the city's hearing notices.

Some residents, particularly those living along Cainhoy Village Road, last year protested an earlier but very similar version of the development, which they said called for too many homes and too many businesses. They also objected to plans to put a restaurant and marina along the Wando River.

The developers and city planners who have supported the neighborhood district concept see the plan differently, as a walkable community that puts appropriately dense development along Clements Ferry Road, and more appropriate rural-style development closer to the river, with a marsh path connecting the two sections.

The Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m., at 75 Calhoun St., in the third floor conference room.

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