Laurel Island PUD Approved by City Council
preservation-admin , October 27, 2020
Laurel Island PUD Base Plan
Last night, City Council granted final approval to the Laurel Island PUD. As reported by the Post and Courier, the Preservation Society of Charleston once again called on Council to address the remaining flaws in both the PUD and the public review process.
However, with your support, the PSC has succeeded in bringing about meaningful improvements to the PUD. Notably, we were able to ensure a better mix of uses on Laurel Island by reducing allowable residential development by nearly 4,000 units, and establishing minimum requirements for office and retail uses. Further, provisions regulating affordable housing and green space have been significantly improved in response to the advocacy of the PSC and our community partners.
Although the zoning framework for Laurel Island is now set, implementation of the PUD and establishment of a Laurel Island architectural review process must be codified through subsequent approvals of a development agreement and design principles. These documents will require City approval, and you can be assured the PSC will continue to push for best outcomes.
We remain concerned by the deficiencies in the public process for virtual meetings, a concern that we know members of Council share. The stakes are high for Charleston, and robust public engagement is essential to good planning outcomes that truly benefit residents, not just investors and developers. The PSC will not relent in our advocacy for better projects and a better process for the people of Charleston, and as always, we will keep you informed every step of the way.