Neighbors oppose rezoning of near Whitehall Plantation

emoody@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 28, 2012 

  • Waived the open container law for the Guild of Beaufort Galleries' Spring Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. March 17.

  • Appointed Zoning Board of Appeals chairwoman Alice Howard to the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

  • Appointed Metropolitan Planning Commission member Alan Dechovitz to the Redevelopment Commission.

  • Appointed Bill Harris to Dechovitz's seat on the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

  • Approved changes to two ordinances that loosen rules restricting how vehicles and some other merchandise can be displayed outside stores. The changes were spurred by the construction of two auto dealerships.
  • Get breaking news, story updates and alerts about fun things to do in the city of Beaufort and surrounding areas by following Eye on Beaufort on Twitter.

Several Lady's Island residents near Whitehall Plantation don't want businesses -- and more traffic -- disrupting their quiet neighborhood.

Some sent letters, three attended Tuesday's Beaufort City Council meeting and one spoke against rezoning six plots on Harborview Drive and Harborview Circle in the neighborhood to allow more businesses.

"Once this is passed as neighborhood commercial, where is the buffer to protect us?" resident Bonnie Carmody asked.

The vacant land is currently zoned residential, and Carmody worries about the effect businesses could have on the community.

City Council is considering the request and intends to discuss it further -- and vote -- next month.

Alsan Whitehall LLC requested the change so all of Whitehall Plantation would have the same zoning. The northern plots are already neighborhood commercial.

Neither the Metropolitan Planning Commission or city staff recommend the change.

Commission members wanted to see a plan of how the land would be developed and were concerned about preserving the neighborhood buffer.

Staff suggests rezoning should wait because form-based code might go into effect within the year. Unlike traditional zoning, form-based code is based more on design than building use.

Attorney David Tedder argued on behalf of the developer that the change would fit with the city's master plan. He said it is inappropriate to create a development plan until the zoning is changed.

"No one is going to spend money to master plan something unless they know what they are drawing is going to fit the zoning," he said.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at

Related content: Beaufort developer seeks to rezone part of Whitehall Plantation, Feb. 20, 2012 Whitehall project off to a rough start, Dec. 13, 2007

Beaufort residents imagine a creative future for downtown, March 29, 2011

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service