Advocacy Alerts

June 7: Planning Commission Meeting on Union Pier

preservation-admin , May 30, 2023

Planning Commission meets June 7 to hold a public hearing on the Union Pier redevelopment. Credit: Mike Habat

On Wednesday, June 7, Charleston’s Planning Commission will hold an official public hearing about the redevelopment of Union Pier. The public is invited to attend and speak. This is the most significant meeting thus far about Union Pier. A strong turnout will help influence the Commission’s decision on this highly consequential rezoning proposal.

We need you there to ensure the message is loud and clear: The current plan is not acceptable and requires significant improvement. It must reflect the needs and values of the community, not a developer’s desire to maximize profit.

Planning Commission Special Meeting on Union Pier
June 7, 2023, at 5 p.m.
Cruise Terminal (196 Concord Street)
Sign up to hear about how to participate *

Commissioners are not expected to vote on June 7, but will hear a presentation from the project team, receive staff recommendations on the plan, and consider comments from the public (60 or 90 seconds allotted per speaker). The Planning Commission has 30 days from the public hearing to vote on the proposal, and will likely take up the project again when it reconvenes on June 21. The plan will then be considered by City Council.

The Preservation Society has been working for months to ensure the public’s voice is heard in this process, and we are disappointed to see the proposal’s lack of response to community concerns, including the size and scale of the built environment and insufficient resilience measures that should be the primary focus of new waterfront development. In contrast, the plans continue to show buildings stretching for entire blocks and up seven stories, towering over nearby neighborhoods.

Help us show the Planning Commission there is significant public interest in getting this project right. There’s a better way forward for Union Pier.

Let us know you plan to be there, and we will follow up with information about the project and on how you can speak or submit written comments.

* – Note: This is NOT an official public meeting sign-up. Your RSVP will help the Preservation Society coordinate outreach ahead of the meeting.

Share on Social Media