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West Ashley Revitalization Commission

City of Charleston JOHN J. TECKLENBURG

MAYOR WEST ASHLEY REVITALIZATION COMMISSION
Tagged Passions:boards and commissions

NOTICE OF MEETING The regular meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m, June 13, 2018 at Town Country Inn and Suites, 2008 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407. AGENDA 1. Welcome Call to Order Chairman, Councilmember Peter Shahid 2. West Ashley Greenway Bikeway City Staff/Charleston Parks Conservancy Community Design Workshop Recap 3. US 17 Corridor Congestion Study Public Meeting City Staff 4. Northbridge Piggly Wiggly City Staff Community Input Session 5. Approval of Minutes from May 9, 2018 6. Plan West Ashley Workgroups (break-out session) Chairman Shahid a. Economic Development b. Green Infrastructure Sustainability 7. Report from Workgroups Commission Members 8. Public Comment Period 9. Other Business 10. Adjournment Chairman Shahid The next West Ashley Revitalization Commission meeting will be take place at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 11, 2017. The location will be announced at a later date. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, people who need alternative formats, ASL (American Sign Language) Interpretation or other accommodation please contact Janet Schumacher at (843) 577-1389 or email to schumacherj@charleston-sc.gov three business days prior to the meeting.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, parks, development, Bicycles, hotel, grocery, corridor, sustainability, bicycles, business, traffic, Development, and economic development

P.O. Box 652, Charleston, South Carolina 29402 843-577-6970

WEST ASHLEY GREENWAY/ BIKEWAY MASTER PLAN W O R K I N P R O G R E S S P R E S E N T A T I O N J U N E 7 T H 2 0 1 8 Charleston, South Carolina

Tagged Passions:parks, Bicycles, and bicycles

HERRINGA Text Box The West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway are linear parks located on former railroad beds, linking neighborhoods between the Stono and Ashley Rivers, running a total of 10.5 miles. In July 2016, The Speedwell Foundation, an organization supporting several Charleston area park projects, pledged 100,000 to dramatically improve the West Ashley Greenway and West Ashley Bikeway. From June 4th to 7th 2018, the Charleston Parks and the City of Charleston hosted the West Ashley Greenway Bikeway Community Design Workshop for the public to help shape future improvements of the Greenway and Bikeway. The week began with the Kickoff Community Design Forum for the public to attend and share their ideas for the two parks with a team of park designers from Alta Planning and Design; Dover, Kohl Partners; Horsley Witten Group; and R R Studios. The forum was followed by two days of open studio hours to allow for further public questions and input while the design team worked on the items identified in the public meetings. The West Ashley Greenway Bikeway Community Design Workshop concluded with a work-in-progress presentation by the park designers based on the input they had received from the Charleston community. Presentations can be reviewed here: https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/renovation/west-ashley-greenway-bikeway-renovation The next step for this project will be to work to create a final draft of the master plan for the West Ashley Greenway Bikeway to present to the City of Charleston in the fall of 2018. If you have any questions please email planning@charlestonparksconservancy.org

WEST ASHLEY REVITALIZATION COMMISSION Plan West Ashley Implementation May 9, 2018 Meeting Notes (draft) WARC members reviewed Plan West Ashley implementation recommendations that they previously prioritized. Items below were discussed at the May 9th and discussion will continue June 13th. WARC members will review implementation recommendations and discussion items and work to further refine actions items. Green Infrastructure Sustainability Workgroup Report Expand the Keep Charleston Beautiful office through staff and support to make it more active Develop a toolkit survey for neighborhood associations to assess their drainage issues in their various neighborhoods Review the City Code to make sure it supported green infrastructure. Support a ban on plastic bag use. It was noted that bags and other trash often clogged drainage facilities. Economic Development Workgroup Report Two themes: 1. Fuel growth where it make sense. Rejuvenate dead nodes and employ smarter growth techniques in the outer areas of West Ashley with appropriate targeted uses. 2. Job creation for pre-commerce. Address these by: Enabling the private sector to accomplish the above through incentives and not mandates Developing a competitive advantage pitch relative to peer municipalities Making sure the table is set for success. Improve City processes to run more efficiently for investment, redevelopment and collaboration.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, parks, investment, plastic bags, information technology, development, Bicycles, sustainability, watershed, neighborhood, bicycles, drugs, stormwater, growth, job creation, Development, incentive, Information Technology, economic development, and planning

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Recommended Actions: Physical Improvements / Projects Matrix Time frame 132 Near-Term (2 5 years)

155 Longer-Term (5 yrs

ongoing)

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Draft and adopt mixed-use regulatory standards and incentives to replace and modernize existing zoning, to guide new development on commercial corridors, entryways, and other focused priority progress areas
Tagged Passions:commercial, development, corridor, regulation, Development, incentive, and zoning

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

West Ashley Community Brand Identity Committee: work to improve West Ashley s image and community perception, celebrate history and culture
Tagged Passions:history

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Add streetscaping (landscaping, appropriately scaled lighting, sidewalks, curb and gutter, mast arms, etc.) along key commercial corridors such as Savannah Hwy, Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Folly Rd, Old Towne Rd, St. Andrews Blvd, Ashley River Rd.
Tagged Passions:commercial, streets, corridor, Pedestrian, and watershed

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Enhance and beautify West Ashley gateways with appropriate signage and landscaping. Gateway entries are along Savannah Hwy, Ashley River Rd, Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Old Towne Rd, St. Andrews Blvd, and Folly Rd Blvd. Plan Chapter Description
Tagged Passions:signage, advertising, gateway, and watershed

* For complete implementation matrix see Plan West Ashley full report.

PLAN WEST ASHLEY IMPLEMENTATION* Community Design Land Use (WARC Top 10 ) Plan Chapter Description

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Establish a joint City/County Design Review Board for key commercial corridors
Tagged Passions:commercial and corridor

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Establish a West Ashley Community Brand Identity Committee: organize private clean up efforts (keep West Ashley beautiful)

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Pursue neighborhood preservation ALL
Tagged Passions:neighborhood and preservation

The City and County should develop community engagement strategies to improve communication, education, and participation for residents around locally important community design land use, transportation, green infrastructure sustainability, housing, and economic development issues

Tagged Passions:transportation, education, development, sustainability, housing, Development, and economic development

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

West Ashley Community Brand Identity Committee: implement entry signage, lighting, beautification efforts
Tagged Passions:signage and advertising

COMM DESIGN LAND USE

Improve/beautify West Ashley gateways with appropriate signage and landscaping

HERRINGA Highlight

Tagged Passions:signage, advertising, and gateway

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44 Near-Term (2 5 years)

101 Longer-Term

Recommended Actions: Physical Improvements / Projects Time frame

119 Immediate (first 2 years)

120 Immediate 121 Immediate 122 Immediate 124 Immediate 126 Immediate 127 Immediate

133 Near-Term

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160 Longer-Term

TRANSPORTATION Intersection improvements at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard/Ashley River Road, Savannah Highway/Carolina Bay Drive, and Ashley River Road/St. Andrews Boulevard and Old Towne Road to resolve vehicle operational and safety issues while enhancing the ability of the intersections to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists

Tagged Passions:transportation, streets, Pedestrian, and watershed

TRANSPORTATION Support the installation of sidewalks and/or shared use paths throughout West Ashley along streets where sidewalks currently do not exist

TRANSPORTATION I-526 Completion
Tagged Passions:transportation, streets, and Pedestrian

TRANSPORTATION Glenn McConnell Parkway Widening + Shared Use Path

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Tagged Passions:transportation

TRANSPORTATION Install adaptive controls for real-time adjustments to traffic signal timing TRANSPORTATION Reconfigure intersection of 5th Avenue at St Andrews Blvd

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Tagged Passions:transportation and traffic

TRANSPORTATION Connect West Ashley Greenway to West Ashley Bikeway at Wappoo Rd

TRANSPORTATION Implement express bus service to Boeing/Airport/Leeds Avenue
Tagged Passions:Public Transit, parks, transportation, Bicycles, bicycles, and airport

TRANSPORTATION Implement Charleston County 1/2 cent sales tax transportation projects

Tagged Passions:transportation, taxes, Taxes, and sale

TRANSPORTATION Install crosswalks where they are missing at all signalized intersections

TRANSPORTATION Reduce speed limits and provide traffic calming on streets with a demonstrated safety problems. (Prioritize Savannah Highway, Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Old Towne, and St Andrews Blvd.)

Tagged Passions:transportation, streets, and traffic

TRANSPORTATION Optimize traffic signal timing, update on annual or biannual intervals

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Tagged Passions:transportation and traffic

TRANSPORTATION Conduct a data driven feasibility study to determine the viability of a private water taxi service to connect West Ashley to the Charleston peninsula. If warranted, initiate an RFP process for the water taxi provider.

TRANSPORTATION Provide enhanced high visibility pedestrian and bicycle crossings on St. Andrews Blvd for the West Ashley Bikeway

Tagged Passions:Utility, utility, transportation, RFP, public safety, rfp, ride sharing and hailing, Bicycles, Pedestrian, bicycles, and water

TRANSPORTATION Support the installation of sidewalks and/or shared use paths throughout West Ashley along streets where sidewalks currently do not exist

Tagged Passions:transportation, streets, and Pedestrian

* For complete implementation matrix see Plan West Ashley full report.

PLAN WEST ASHLEY IMPLEMENTATION* Transportation (WARC Top 10 ) TRANSPORTATION Complete a Regional Transit Feasibility Study and Regional Transit Framework Plan. ALL
Tagged Passions:Public Transit and transportation

The City and County should develop community engagement strategies to improve communication, education, and participation for residents around locally important community design land use, transportation, green infrastructure sustainability, housing, and economic development issues

Plan Chapter Description Plan Chapter Description TRANSPORTATION Install bus stop improvements: benches, signage, shelters TRANSPORTATION Complete a District-wide Traffic Management Study TRANSPORTATION Implement St. Andrews Blvd. shuttle circulator service HERRINGA Highlight
Tagged Passions:signage, Public Transit, transportation, education, development, advertising, sustainability, housing, traffic, Development, and economic development

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Recommended Actions: Physical Improvements / Projects Time frame 128 Immediate 130 Immediate 131 Immediate

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GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Tagged Passions:sustainability

Fund undergrounding of overhead utilities as part of redevelopment and streetscape improvements

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Tagged Passions:Utility, utility, streets, Underground Utility cable, and streetscape

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Build a Water Smart Park with green infrastructure as part of Circle neighborhood development
Tagged Passions:Utility, parks, utility, development, sustainability, neighborhood, Development, and water

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Pursue the Tiger Swamp Canal Walk as part of neighborhood scale Citadel Mall, Sam Rittenberg, and I-526 extension transportation planning and drainage infrastructure improvements
Tagged Passions:transportation, commercial, sustainability, watershed, neighborhood, stormwater, and planning

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Tagged Passions:sustainability

Partner with the Citadel Mall to construct pilot depaving, wetlands enhancement, and floodplain improvements

Tagged Passions:commercial

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Increase wetland preservation/restoration and floodplain management as part of West Ashley Circle development
Tagged Passions:development, sustainability, preservation, and Development

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Implement the findings of the Church Creek and Du/Wap Drainage Studies
Tagged Passions:church, sustainability, and stormwater

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Implement flood control and drainage improvements with traditional stormwater management techniques coupled with green infrastructure practices
Tagged Passions:flooding, sustainability, and stormwater

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Integrate neighborhood scale flood control with traditional stormwater management improvements as well as Lowcountry appropriate green infrastructure practices and undergrounding of utilities into upcoming infrastructure investments
Tagged Passions:Utility, utility, flooding, investment, sustainability, Underground Utility cable, neighborhood, streetscape, and stormwater

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Perform a storm drainage system inventory (including condition assessment) and maintenance schedule with cooperation between the City, County and SCDOT. Cross train City staff to recognize and report blocked drains or other drainage issues requiring maintenance
Tagged Passions:transportation, recognition, sustainability, and stormwater

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Plant trees
Tagged Passions:plant, trees, and sustainability

* For complete implementation matrix see Plan West Ashley full report.

PLAN WEST ASHLEY IMPLEMENTATION* Green Infrastructures Sustainability (WARC Top 10 ) Plan Chapter Description
Tagged Passions:sustainability

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Increase budget for inspection, operation, and maintenance of drainage infrastructure
Tagged Passions:budget, sustainability, and stormwater

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Raise community awareness of sensitive environmental concerns, green infrastructure, and open space preservation ALL The City and County should develop community engagement strategies to improve communication, education, and participation for residents around locally important community design land use, transportation, green infrastructure sustainability, housing, and economic development issues Plan Chapter Description
Tagged Passions:transportation, education, development, sustainability, housing, preservation, Development, economic development, and environment

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Incorporate resiliency, sea level rise considerations, and adaptive design strategies into long-range infrastructure/transportation planning and policy
Tagged Passions:transportation, policy, sustainability, and planning

GREEN INFRA SUSTAINABILITY

Enhance connections between the West Ashley Greenway, Bikeway, and adjacent neighborhoods - including the Peninsula and Johns Island HERRINGA Highlight
Tagged Passions:parks, Bicycles, sustainability, neighborhood, and bicycles

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Recommended Actions: Physical Improvements / Projects Matrix Time frame HOUSING Expand application of Mixed-Use Workforce Housing zoning districts, and pursue modifications to increase the program s effectiveness

Tagged Passions:commercial, housing, program, zoning, and workforce

HOUSING Explore the potential to offer expedited review of townhome and multifamily housing projects in locations where such housing is allowed by right, particularly targeted to infill locations that already have the infrastructure to support additional housing

Plan Chapter Description HOUSING Enhance capacity to grow income-restricted subsidized affordable housing by increasing public land purchases and pursuing development/land banking via the Community Land Trust and collaboration with third-party non-profit affordable housing developers
Tagged Passions:purchasing, development, housing, and Development

HOUSING Complete detailed assessments of key issues, affordability needs, unique demographic and physical characteristics and appropriate housing options of individual neighborhoods

Tagged Passions:neighborhood and housing

HOUSING Target development and retention of mixed-income and affordable housing to locations in close proximity to community amenities and transportation

PLAN WEST ASHLEY IMPLEMENTATION* Housing (WARC Top 10 )
Tagged Passions:transportation, development, grocery, housing, and Development

* For complete implementation matrix see Plan West Ashley full report.

Plan Chapter Description HOUSING With public input, elected officials should explore changes to state enabling law and city ordinances to allow for incentivized affordable housing programs. Develop local voluntary incentive programs that encourage developments to incorporate affordable and workforce housing. Explore potential for incentives such as real estate tax abatement, density bonuses, height bonuses or other mechanisms that incentivize developers to voluntarily include levels of affordable housing. HOUSING Adjust zoning and land development regulations to further support development of affordable housing, including prioritizing and incentivizing affordable housing, streamlining and expediting the review and approval process for affordable housing, and enabling staff level approvals for affordable housing. ALL The City and County should develop community engagement strategies to improve communication, education, and participation for residents around locally important community design land use, transportation, green infrastructure sustainability, housing, and economic development issues. HOUSING Inventory all land currently owned by a public agency, determine if any properties could be used for housing in the future, and prioritize these sites for subsidized income-restricted housing development.
Tagged Passions:transportation, abatement, taxes, Taxes, education, ordinance, development, sustainability, sites, housing, regulation, Development, incentive, program, economic development, zoning, and workforce

HOUSING Identify and preserve historic community assets and character in West Ashley

HOUSING With public input, elected officials should explore changes to state enabling law and city ordinances to allow for incentivized affordable housing programs. Develop local voluntary incentive programs that encourage developments to incorporate affordable and workforce housing. Explore potential for incentives such as real estate tax abatement, density bonuses, height bonuses or other mechanisms that incentivize developers to voluntarily include levels of affordable housing. HERRINGA Highlight

Tagged Passions:abatement, taxes, Taxes, ordinance, development, housing, Development, incentive, program, historic, and workforce

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Explore the introduction of a business license fee reduction as an incentive for investment in West Ashley ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Tagged Passions:investment, license, development, business license, business, Development, incentive, and economic development

Provide convenient pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile access between housing and shopping opportunities in outer West Ashley

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Direct proceeds of the West Ashley Redevelopment Project Area and TIF District to construct supportive public improvements within the Citadel Mall area ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Tagged Passions:transportation, taxes, commercial, Taxes, development, Bicycles, Pedestrian, TIF, bicycles, housing, Development, and economic development

Examine potential to establish additional TIF districts at mixed-use nodes and office growth locations identified in Plan West Ashley

Plan Chapter Description ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Pursue the creation of a business incubator targeted to tech start-ups and small businesses ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Tagged Passions:small business, taxes, commercial, Taxes, development, TIF, business, growth, Development, and economic development

Consider opportunities to locate City offices/facilities within the new town center

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Map business assets and infrastructure in West Ashley to identify areas better positioned for private investment versus areas requiring upgrades. PLAN WEST ASHLEY IMPLEMENTATION* Economic Development (WARC Top 10 )

Tagged Passions:investment, development, business, Development, and economic development

* For complete implementation matrix see Plan West Ashley full report.

Plan Chapter Description ALL The City and County should develop community engagement strategies to improve communication, education, and participation for residents around locally important community design land use, transportation, green infrastructure sustainability, housing, and economic development issues. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Develop specific goals for targeting industries and business activities for growth in West Ashley, and refine strategies for achieving these goals. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Promote West Ashley s specific strengths through the region s economic development promotional materials and networks ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT As appropriate, allow flexible conversion or redevelopment of retail and other commercial properties to other uses ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Ensure zoning in outer West Ashley requires/incentivizes location of community shopping centers or commercial buildings near new housing ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Establish a new incentivized redevelopment zone designation to encourage the revitalization of underutilized sites. HERRINGA Highlight WEST ASHLEY REVITALIZATION COMMISSION May 9, 2018 A meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission was held this date at Town Country Inn and Suites, 2008 Savannah Highway.
Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, transportation, materials, commercial, education, development, hotel, sustainability, sites, business, housing, growth, Development, economic development, and zoning

Notice of this meeting was sent to all local news media.

PRESENT

Councilmember Peter Shahid, Chair, Justin Ferira, Harry Gregorie, Diane Hamilton, Donna Jacobs, John Osborne, Jimmy Palassis, Amy Riley, Charles Smith, Councilmember Marvin Wagner and Jonathan Zucker. STAFF: Mandi Herring, West Ashley Project Coordinator, Christopher Morgan, Planning Director.

Tagged Passions:planning

Approval of Minutes from March 14, 2018 and April 11, 2018

Councilman Moody moved for approval of the minutes from March 14, 2018 and April 11, 2018. Mr. deStephano seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously. Chair Shahid said the Commission received a recognition from Historic Charleston Foundation. It was the Robert N.S. and Patti Foos Whitelaw Founders Award that was received on the behalf of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission. Ms. Herring, Mr. Morgan, Ms. Jacobs and Mr. Smith were present at the ceremony.
Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, recognition, and historic

Chair Shahid read into the record a letter received by the Commission from the Historic Charleston Foundation:

The Whitelaw Award recognizes individuals, groups or government entities for the long term protection and preservation of important buildings and places, as well as those involved with preservation advocacy. We believe that the hard work and community engagement by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission will make a positive difference for West Ashley and the entire City of Charleston as this plan is implemented in the coming years.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, recognition, preservation, and historic

He congratulated and thanked the Commission members for their hard work and appreciated what they had done.

Chair Shahid noted there was a flyer from the West Ashley Farmer s Market. It was from April 25 through October 3, 3 p.m. through 7 p.m. He asked them to patronize the Farmer s Market. There were several events during Piccolo Spoleto taking place West Ashley. Chair Shahid said he would send an email of specific events, times and places. This was a big push by West Ashley City Council representatives, particularly Councilmember Bill Moody. He asked the Commission to patronize these Piccolo events. For those who liked to run, walk or exercise, Chair Shahid said encouraged them to participate in the Charlestowne Landing Race the Landing Series. It was a 5k walk or run held during the summer. Chair Shahid said Harry Lesesne would speak to the Commission about what was going on with the bikeway and greenway. Mr. Lesesne of the Charleston Parks Conservancy said their offices were in West Ashley adjacent to Magnolia Park, which they helped to create. They were shifting their focus to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. On June 4, they will kick off a four-day charrette/ design workshop with a public meeting at the Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Road in the afternoon. On June 7, they will have another public meeting in the afternoon to conclude the charrette and will have smaller meetings throughout the week with the Commission members and other members of the community. The idea of what they were trying to was to take what was already a great asset, the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, and make it even better improve the street crossings, install things that enhanced what was already there and make it better. West Ashley Revitalization Commission May 9, 2018 Page 2

Tagged Passions:council, boards and commissions, parks, streets, Bicycles, agriculture, bicycles, market, and events

What they found was that it wasn t just West Ashley people that use the greenway and bikeway but it was people all over the region.

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Tagged Passions:parks, Bicycles, and bicycles

Mr. Lesesne said he would love for all of the Commission members to participate in the process. They would be publicizing it throughout the community. He thanked Chair Shahid for giving him the opportunity to speak.

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Tagged Passions:boards and commissions

Chair Shahid said one of the things he spoke to Mr. Lesesne about was if was possible for the Commission to participate in a workshop dedicated to just the Commission members. He said they would get more information and input when they met as a community of commissioners, sitting down and coming up with ideas, questions and suggestions, and it helped with their planning process. He asked if the Commission members would be willing to dedicate one day, June 4. He asked Mr. Lesesne what would be the time on June 4.

Mr. Lesesne said the public meeting would be in the afternoon. They could schedule around the Commission s schedule and they could meet on June 5 or June 6. Chair Shahid asked the Commission members to look at their calendars. He would send out an email to see what would be the most convenient date for those who were interested in attending this charrette. He felt it was vitally important and something they should take ownership of and involvement.
Tagged Passions:boards and commissions and planning

West Ashley Development Projects Map (update) City Staff

Mr. Morgan said the map was representative of all the projects from the list the Commission reviewed last month in more detail. The map incorporated the drainage basins.
Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, development, stormwater, and Development

Recap of April 11th Meeting and Implementation ( Top 10 )

Chair Shahid said at the April 11 meeting the Commission reviewed the results of a survey regarding their top 10 and examined what they liked the most about the implementations of the study. They went through what they called the low fruit that they could get started implementing certain portions of the plan. At the meeting, they received the preferences of the Commission members of which of the chapters transportation, community design and land use, green infrastructure, economic development, housing on which categories they wanted to serve. The Commission decided they would breakdown into the economic development and green infrastructure and sustainability portions of the study today to identify and work on how to implement those top 10 issues they identified that they wanted to undertake.

Chair Shahid indicated there were two tables where they would breakdown into groups. Mr. Palassis, Mr. de Stephano, Mr. Ferira, Ms. Riley, Councilman Moody and Mayor Tecklenburg agreed to serve on economic development. Mr. Zucker, Mayor Tecklenburg and Mr. deStephano agreed to serve on green infrastructure and sustainability. Members of the community were invited to help facilitate the discussions. He said they had two tools to work with the list of the top 10 and the map of the projects, and the various chapters to use as a guide to identify and how to implement these particular projects.

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Tagged Passions:development, sustainability, Development, and economic development

Chair Shahid asked Mr. Palassis, Mr. deStephano, Mr. Ferira, Ms. Riley and Councilman Moody to sit at the economic development table. He said he, Mr. Zucker, Mr. Gregorie, Ms. Jacobs, Mr. Smith and the remainder of the Commission would go to the green infrastructure table.

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Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, development, Development, and economic development

Chair Shahid said after they completed the breakdown, they will come back as group to discuss what they want to have of their working group division.

The Commission broke into workgroups at 5:55 p.m. and reconvened at 6:50 p.m.
Tagged Passions:boards and commissions

Report from Workgroups Commission Members

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions

Green Infrastructure and Sustainability Ms. Bleecker

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Tagged Passions:sustainability

Ms. Bleecker said their four actions items were (1) they supported the ban on plastic bag use in the City, County and State, (2) expand the Keep Charleston Beautiful office through staff and support to make it more active, (3) develop a toolkit survey for neighborhood associations to assess their drainage issues in their various neighborhoods, (4) she reviewed the City Code to make sure it supported green infrastructure.

Economic Development - Mr. Ferira West Ashley Revitalization Commission May 9, 2018 Page 3 Mr. Ferira said the two themes they wanted to choose were (1) fueling growth where it made sense in certain ways so rejuvenation of the dead nodes and smart growth of the outer parts of appropriate targeted uses and (2) job creation for pre-commerce. They solved these in three different ways: (1) incentivization of the private sector accomplishing those through incentives and not mandates, (2) they wanted to come up with a competitive advantage pitch and if the competitive advantage doesn t exist, to tweak so that it does so they could pitch to relative to peer municipalities, (3) make sure the table was set for when they have success to get people to pay attention and have the table set , that was having the process run efficiently such that development and investigation gears were met with collaboration and help, and not obfuscation and delays.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, plastic bags, information technology, development, neighborhood, drugs, stormwater, growth, job creation, Development, incentive, Information Technology, and economic development

Chair Shahid thanked Mr. Palassis for the use of the facility for the meeting. He also thanked the City and County staff, and community facilitators who helped with the two discussion groups during the breakout sessions. Since they didn t cover all of the 10 items, he asked the Commission members if they needed to follow up more with economic development and green infrastructure, were they ready to take up transportation, housing and community design and land use at the June meeting, or did they need to come back and spend more time on economic development and green infrastructure.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, transportation, development, housing, Development, economic development, and facility

Councilman Moody commented since these were the hottest topics why leave them until they got something in motion? Do they present to City Council? They have action items so who was going to enact those action items?

Tagged Passions:council

Mr. Gregorie suggested they vote to continue with this at the next meeting.

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Mr. deStephano said they got started broad and whittled it down out to a dull point into a sharp point. He thought one more session would make that happen.

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Ms. Bleecker suggested they do it again.

Mr. Gregorie said the Commission members had homework to do on some issues that he thought they could come to the next meeting more prepared to contribute after they do some investigating.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, homework, and HOMEWORK

Ms. Herring felt that was a great idea. She thought if they were able to take that plan by Mr. Ferira and tried to figure out what their next steps as a Commission would help move this along. Staff was dedicated to what they do so there was not a lot of extra time to take on drainage projects right now. Any way the Commission could assist the City and County with a little bit of homework would be greatly appreciated. She felt that was a way they would educate themselves and educate the staff as well. She said to get the word out to the community that this was what they were doing.

Chair Shahid concluded they would come back and fine tune green infrastructure and economic development discussions next month. He announced Ms. Jacobs wouldn t be at the next meeting as she was appointed to the Planning Commission. He thanked her for all of her work.

Tagged Passions:boards and commissions, appointments, homework, development, HOMEWORK, stormwater, Development, economic development, and planning

Ms. Jacobs said she planned to be at the next meeting. She felt the action items here went straight to the Planning Commission.

Public Comment Period Sherry Irwin said at a meeting a few months Ms. Herring there were plans for every square inch of West Ashley and the plan to build 10,000 apartments in West Ashley. She asked if they intend to eminent domain people s property in West Ashley.

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Mr. Smith said they don t have that power to do that.

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Ms. Irwin said she knew they didn t but they were being told to do that and there was no place to build.

Chair Shahid said no one had said there was a plan to build 10,000 apartments West Ashley.

Ms. Irwin asked if they intended to eminent domain people s property.

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Chair Shahid said no.

Chris Bluemel of Northbridge said one thing he didn t hear in the economic development group was the quality of life of the residents of West Ashley. He kept hearing about high density housing, mass transit and everything else that goes with that, and a nice fa ade for the Piggly Wiggly. He wasn t really hearing West Ashley Revitalization Commission May 9, 2018 Page 4 about community interest of why people were moving to Cane Bay but not to West Ashley. They were leaving Mount Pleasant but they weren t coming necessarily coming here. They proposed, and another group proposed, a fine arts center, specifically for the Piggly Wiggly space. He didn t hear any of that conversation about the quality of life for the residents who already live here and that was who their primary concern was. One would be a community arts center that served everybody in the West Ashley area, which would draw in money and would be a fund raiser for the City and the West Ashley area.

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Mr. Bluemel said he knew the Mayor and Councilmember Shahid had two different proposals on a fine arts center just for that one property and that would actually legitimize them not wanting to go downtown all the time.

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Chair Shahid thanked Mr. Bluemel and said they would continue that discussion.

Mr. Zucker questioned wasn t Charleston Stage was opening a theater in West Ashley so that was an option.

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Chair Shahid said Charleston Stage was opening a 127 seat auditorium that would be operating at the end of the year.

Barry Whalen said he dropped in on both tables because he wanted to see how the flow of ideas would go between the two and whether or not they would intersect. They didn t quite intersect but they were closer towards the middle which he hoped would happen in future meetings. The green infrastructure table had a lot of important things they wanted to accomplish. Those things had to be integrated in a financially reasonable manner so they won t lose other things that they had been wanting here, like affordable housing and other initiatives, and he thought that would come along. He was encouraged the idea that it actually got to that point where he was almost seeing that consideration and had been hearing the idea to integrate somethings like green infrastructure consideration from the beginning in an organized manner would help to bring results along that had less destruction by the time they come to the finish line for things that could ease traffic to do some reviews on. The consultants came up with the idea on the green infrastructure near term improvements that they had instead of being immediate for the increased budget for inspection operations and maintenance of drainage infrastructure. He said they were going to have storms in a couple of months that typically come with the season. He thought that was something that needed to be closer to near term. Ms. Herring provided them budgets coming down in June. The idea that there was some flexibility with this and with that consideration, he thought they could continue to get more added results, which he felt confident would happen. Mr. Morgan said the City had approved the contract to demolish the Northbridge Piggly Wiggly and there would be an event there called the Kick Off at the demolition. It would be held May 29 at 10:30 a.m. He said they would get the Commission the final information on that.

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ground breaking ceremony for 7 affordable housing homes in the Ashleyville/Maryville would be held 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 18 at 915 Sycamore Avenue.

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Ms. Jacobs added on the same day of the ground breaking for the affordable house was the ground breaking for Stono Park Elementary at 10:00 a.m.

Chair Shahid said the Mayor would like the Commission to be involved in a listening session on what to do with Northbridge Piggly Wiggly site. There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. Marcia L. Grant Council Secretary West Ashley Revitalization Commission 06.13.2018 Agenda WAGway_WorkinProgress_firstslide Slide Number 1
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