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ADVOCACY ALERT: Return of the Jasper and BAR to Get Makeover
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SERGEANT JASPER TO RETURN TO BAR FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

On Wednesday, February 8, the Beach Company will be returning to the BAR-Large in an attempt to receive preliminary approval for the Sergeant Jasper.  

As you may recall, the Beach Company took its plans to the BAR-L on September 28, 2016 for a courtesy preliminary review, where no vote or action was taken.  At that meeting, the BAR prudently voiced concern that there was still much work to be done on the detailing of the project, but was most concerned by and critical of the poor quality of materials proposed.

While the scale of the project is already approved, the devil lies in the details.  It is imperative that the Jasper, as the largest new structure in the historic district, has excellent materials and details, because, simply put, there will be a lot of it, and it will be visible from many parts of the city.

This is arguably the most significant opportunity to help make this project better, so please join us at this crucial meeting.

The application will be heard on Wednesday, February 8, at 4:30. The meeting is at 2 George Street in the first floor meeting room. Drawings have not been made available online for review at this time, but check the City's website for any updates:
http://www.charleston-sc.gov/AgendaCenter


CHANGES COMING TO THE BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

In an almost ironic twist of timing, the City of Charleston’s Department of Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability is moving toward completion of its process to revise and strengthen the Board of Architectural Review (BAR), which was necessitated by the Beach Company’s lawsuit against the BAR.

It is our hope that no neighborhood in Charleston endures another Sergeant Jasper. Sensible revisions that enhance and better protect the BAR are a critical step in accomplishing that.

The Society has been provided opportunities to collaborate with City staff on this initiative, and we remain encouraged by the dialogue. We are excited to see the results of the research and work done to date, and for the community to learn about, and be heard on, this matter.

The revisions to the Ordinance should clarify and strengthen the boards’ authority relative to their review of height, scale, and mass of new construction.  In addition, the City working with consultant Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company is proposing revisions to the Old City Height District with an eye, in general, toward simplifying its numerous height zones, ensuring compatibility between height zones and the areas they overlay, and classifying zones by stories rather than feet.

This is an extremely important discussion.  There are a few important dates that the City has provided that we would like to bring to your attention.
  • Thursday, February 9:
    • From 5-7 pm, there will be a Joint Public Workshop with City Council, BAR-Small, and BAR-Large to discuss amendments to the BAR Ordinance and revisions to the Old City Height District. The workshop will be at the Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, in the Arthur M. Wilcox Auditorium.
  • Tuesday, February 14:
    • City Council will likely give first reading to the outcome of the Joint Public Workshop at its next meeting at 5:00 pm at City Hall.
  •  Wednesday, February 15:
    • Planning Commission will consider the outcome of the Joint Public Workshop at its next meeting at 5:00 pm at 2 George Street in the first floor meeting room.
These are opportunities for you to contribute your thoughts to the discussion that will, in part, determine future outcomes for the historic district.

We welcome your perspective, and we hope to see you there. Together, we can effect a more inspiring future for Charleston.
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