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Residents of Johns Island to fight subdivision

Tom Wise who covers Johns Island

Over 50 residents of Morris Acres and the surrounding Johns Island neighborhoods met on Thursday evening, Oct. 14, 2004, at the Berkley Electric Co-op building on Johns Island to voice their opposition to the densities proposed for the planned Brickman Farm subdivision. The subdivision will comprise 281 acres and will have its first reading before County Council on Oct. 19. Numerous fears were addressed as concerned residents contemplated increases in traffic, water runoff and possible groundwater pollution, destruction of natural habitat, possible annexation by the City of Charleston, and a general decline of their peaceful way of life they have enjoyed for years.

The Johns Island Preservation Coalition(www.johnsislandpreservationcoalition.com) herejoins the group in opposing the Brickman Farm plan as it has been presented. If County Council allows the requested change in zoning from RR-3 to RR-1, this subdivision will dramatically increase traffic on all adjoining roads, and will forever change the rural landscape of that area. (See Brickman Farm details under the Proposed Rezoning page at the website mentioned above.)

Residents of all parts of Johns Island must show their support in opposing this development, because similar developments almost certainly will be coming soon to a neighborhood near them. Residents also voiced their disapproval of County Council members who have repeatedly allowed rezoning with increased densities on Johns Island, contrary to the intent of the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan.

Please write County Council members to voice your opposition, and attend the Oct. 19, 2004 County Council meeting for the first reading. An email list has been compiled by the Johns Island Preservation Coalition to keep residents informed of issues affecting their rural way of life. Please visit the website and sign up.

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