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Mount Pleasant housing development faces historic zoning issues

South Carolina is definitely a state that prides itself on its long and storied history. The Charleston area is particularly rich in history, which is why local developers and residents are at an impasse in Mount Pleasant. Residential real estate developers have created a plan to put up homes near Fort Palmetto, which was established during the Civil War. However, some residents believe the development will tarnish the landmark's history.

Part of the proposal put forward by developers includes a new type of zoning regulation, which would require them to establish open areas and parks near the historic fort, so they can build homes more closely together.

In addition to requesting a zoning change, the developers plan to use 25 percent of the project's budget to support the cultural and historic elements of the neighboring property. The parks on the property will be open for public use and include parking spots for those who wish to visit the site.

Some Mount Pleasant residents say that the current proposal for home construction is "out of scale" with current development, which includes larger tracts of land that has owned by families for many years.

At this point, the local planning commission will revisit the zoning and development issue at a meeting later this month. There is no word as to when the board will move forward with their final decision.

It's certainly a positive sign that residential housing developers are looking to open up real estate opportunities in South Carolina. However, there are many concerns, including zoning and land use, which must be taken into account when a development plan is put together. Both parties will have to come to the table in order to reach a suitable agreement.

When issues such as this arise during the real estate development process, it's a definite reminder that local regulations can create unanticipated difficulties. As such, it may be beneficial to explore legal options available to prepare for or work through hurdles and achieve a positive outcome.

Source: Mount Pleasant Patch, "Houses to be Built in Civil War Fort," Adam Crisp, July 9, 2012

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