July 9, 2021

Chloe Johnson, The Post & Courier

Dispute over Long Savannah wetland permits ends in settlement

A challenge to the Long Savannah development has been settled after the builders of the 3,000-acre complex agreed to adjust their plans to avoid some wetlands destruction.

The settlement, provided to The Post and Courier, says builders will avoid filling or excavating another 50 acres of wetlands on the project. Before, the proposal had called for the disruption of 209 acres across its entire span.

Developers have rights to build 4,500 homes in total on the West Ashley land, at the edges of Charleston’s suburbs. The project also includes conserved green space in large city and county parks, but successive floods in existing neighborhoods nearby brought fresh scrutiny to the plans and their affects on the area, including around flood-prone Church Creek.

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