Charleston city councilman wants to stop fill-and-build development

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We used to be concerned that that (fill and build) was disturbing the wildlife and the marshes,” Dustan said. “Now we’re concerned that now it’s destroying our lives, our homes, and our houses.
— Phillip Dustan

CHARLESTON, SC: There was great coverage yesterday by Live 5 News (WCSC) on the move by Councilman Harry Griffin to put an end to fill-and-build development in the city. The ban will be discussed at tonights city council meeting. The article quotes Phil Dustan of Higher Ground member, Lowcountry Flooded States of America.

Flood prone developments continue despite Mayor's worthy words

Charleston, SC: Despite recent hurricanes, significant investment in the Dutch Dialogues (including a trip Netherlands in fall 2018) and worthy words by Mayor Tecklenburg on flooding and sea level rise, a major development is on the city agenda for approval.

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Dr Phil Dustan, member of Lowcountry Flooded States of America, describes the development as a moral hazard that will “put innocent buyers at risk, and threatens neighboring communities.”

The proposed 126-acre ‘River Run’ development on Johns Island will cut across lowland forests, marshlands and a major section of Burden Creek. Dr Dustan says that it “will be built on low land that is exposed to storm surge and rainwater flooding. It will block the flow of flood waters out of Burden Creek placing neighboring communities and much of the Burden Creek Basin at increased flood risk.  And it will add about 2270 vehicle trips per day to River Road.”

Residents have started a petition against the development:

When a Councilman Becomes a Hero

Charleston, SC: Councilman Harry J. Griffin says These may be two of the most important things I could ever bring to our Council Chamber, and the discussion will begin this upcoming Tuesday night”.

Flood survivors from Lowcountry Flooded States of America are backing his demand to ban fill and build - a practice promoted by developers that is said to contribute to Charleston’s flooding.