he City of Charleston should stop allowing very dense, up-zoned, spot developments.
They would contribute greatly to the existing traffic problems on James Island and the degradation of infrastructure in adjacent neighborhoods that are ill-equipped to handle increased traffic and storm water run-off.
Currently developers are required to provide infrastructure improvements only for their own developments, not connecting neighborhoods. Last Tuesday’s traffic stand-still on James Island should be a wake-up call for what traffic will be like with additional traffic from more dense developments off of Maybank Highway.
The developer did not state that the trees the neighborhood loves are valuable for consuming water in the Low-country. Each of these pine trees slated for removal is large with a tap root that goes down many feet below the water table.
Each tree (50-75 feet tall), consumes 50-100 gallons of water per day on hot summer days. Currently the ditches cannot adequately remove the storm water run-off during heavy rains.
On some of the Woodland Shores properties there are already storm water run-off issues that arise from the existing Stefan Drive development (the proposed Riverland Oaks development is between Stefan Drive and Woodland Shores), so the developer’s statement that storm water run-off will improve with the Riverland Oaks development is ludicrous.