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Get Engaged: PSC’s new website makes it easier than ever

 

A letter to the editor that recently appeared in the Post and Courier calls attention to the benefits of citizen engagement. Are you frustrated over what is happening in your community? Rather than venting to your neighbors and on social media, the author advises, get involved and gain an understanding of the issues, current efforts to address them, and hurdles to overcome.

With the Preservation Society’s improved website, it is now easier than ever to get engaged and to play an active role in shaping the future of the city and region.

The website is the next step in what began as our Keep Charleston REAL concept. As we believe an engaged citizenry is instrumental to Charleston’s future success, we have transformed the site from the traditional, static look at the organization’s past, to an active, one-stop source for Charleston’s growth-related, planning, preservation, and quality of life issues.

We invite you to interact with all of the positive changes. The advocacy toolkit places at your fingertips:

  • news on relevant issues, updated daily
  • a guide to participating, complete with a public meeting calendar, the latest meeting agendas, and insight into the public comment processes of various public meetings
  • a guide to supporting strong local leadership, which includes information about City Council members and their districts, as well as how to get involved with your neighborhood association.

Help ensure Charleston’s future success, and get engaged!

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Visitor Accommodations on the Peninsula

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One corollary to the ever-ascending Charleston brand is the steady influx of visitors coming to stay in the city and experience its culture, ambiance, cuisine, and natural beauty. As a result, there continues to be requests for new hotel accommodations. While a moderate uptick of hotel rooms is to be expected with Charleston’s rising popularity as a vacation destination, the Board of Zoning Appeals – Zoning (BZAZ) meeting on February 2, 2016 saw the approval of four hotels totaling 200 rooms, an unprecedented increase in such a short time. Continue reading

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Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings

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The historic rainfall and flooding in the first few days of October have greatly impacted many in the community and beyond. We sincerely hope you and your family have weathered the storm without damage to your house or place of business. However, if your property has sustained damage, or if you have questions or concerns about how to properly care for your affected property, please contact us by phone – 843.722.4630 – or by email – tcondo@preservationsociety.org.

In addition, we would like to share a resource with you in response to this week’s flooding. Please refer to “Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Properties” from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

By Tim Condo, Manager of Preservation Initiatives

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Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

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Over the past few years there has been no shortage of media coverage of the State Ports Authority’s (SPA) proposed expansion of Union Pier Terminal and its cruise operations, as well as the resultant litigation. Followers of the issue have undoubtedly come across the term “Section 106 Review” in the ongoing narrative, but what is it exactly?  Continue reading

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Section 54-206(a) of the Charleston Zoning Ordinance

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Municipal zoning codes are generally ponderous documents. The legalese and technical jargon can be overwhelming, but having even a basic familiarity with zoning ordinances is critical to understanding how and why a city takes its physical form. PSC is here to help make sense of the Charleston Zoning Ordinance for you. Continue reading

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Sergeant Jasper

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The timeline of the redevelopment of the Sergeant Jasper parcel is convoluted and lengthy. Unless you have been tracking it diligently, it would be easy not to have the complete picture of what has happened. For your convenience, here are the highlights:   Continue reading

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