Charleston updates growth plan

Charleston updates growth plan

Council's changes involve city's bike paths, parks, urban agriculture, cruise ships

BY DAVID SLADE
dslade@postandcourier.comWednesday, February 9, 2011

Comprehensive plans that local governments must update every decade are not easy reading, but they get close attention from developers and environmentalists because they are the government's 10-year vision for growth and development.

Charleston City Council on Tuesday approved the city's comprehensive plan update after a number of revisions suggested by real estate interests, the Coastal Conservation League, the State Ports Authority and council members.

The State Ports Authority is steaming ahead with its plans to accommodate cruise ships. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is cheering the process on.

But despite the mayor's belief that there is not much opposition, the debate actually seems to be intensifying.

The city and the SPA could make a lot of the discord and suspicion go away if they would formalize their friendly agreement on the size and scope of the cruise ship industry in Charleston. But, so far, SPA President/CEO Jim Newsome has not budged on that point; nor has the mayor.

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