In considering the proposed Sergeant Jasper project, it would be instructive for the mayor, Charleston City Council members, city planning staff and members of the Board of Architectural Review to reread City Council’s findings in imposing the recent moratorium on new bars. These findings acknowledge the value of “desirable destinations for residents and visitors” and state that it is essential to “be respectful to the nearby residential neighborhoods.”
City Council decried “results that are detrimental to the interests and welfare of the public” and therefore acted in reliance on its “land use, planning and zoning authority” under S.C. law.
The same principles — respect for residential neighborhoods, commitment to public welfare and maintenance of desirable destinations —should be applied to the Jasper project.
Under state law and city ordinances, elected officials and local governing bodies have the right and the duty to ensure compliance with Charleston’s duly adopted comprehensive plan.
A tall, massive, dense complex with predominantly commercial use located in a historic residential neighborhood cannot be justified under the City’s Century V comprehensive plan.