Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Christmas Day was beautiful in Charleston, but unseasonably warm. The Battery was packed with all types of vehicles – skateboards and bikes (some of which almost certainly arrived by sleigh Christmas Eve), exotic three wheeled motorcycles, conventional cars, and most of all, self-propelled humans. (More on that topic shortly…)
In the Christmas spirit, this article from the Post and Courier reports that the increased value of frankincense, one of the three gifts of the magi,…
Monday, December 19, 2016
This must sound like a familiar refrain. The Post and Courier reports that the S.C. State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) has once more postponed the final internment of the I-526 extension to rural John’s Island. The project, estimated to cost $750 million, (the most expensive transportation project in the state’s history), faces a funding shortfall of more than $300 million.
Earlier this year the STIB gave the county an ultimatum – either come up with…
Monday, December 12, 2016
For the past two weeks I’ve included news about President-elect Donald Trump’s environmental agenda. I’ve tried to be objective, limiting my commentary to the facts as best I know them. In spite of that, I’ve been criticized (including by some people for whom I have a great deal of respect) for prejudging the situation – for not giving President Trump a chance to show us what he really believes about the importance of conservation….
Monday, October 31, 2016
When you step into the voting booth on November 8th you will be asked if you support a half-cent sales tax increase to fund road projects, mass transit, and the greenbelt program. We are asking you to vote no.
The referendum, if passed, will put the local sales tax at 9% – the highest in the state, raising $2.1 billion over twenty-five years. With that much money at stake, the integrity of the elected officials…
Thursday, September 29, 2016
By Dana Beach
Over the years the Conservation League has worked with cities and counties to plan collaboratively with an eye toward environmental protection. One of the first counties to take up the comprehensive planning mantel was Beaufort, in the mid-1990s. But the road has not always been smooth.
A major challenge came from what we called “rogue” towns that, at the behest of developers, annexed property with the explicit goal of undermining stronger county zoning…
Monday, September 26, 2016
What a fabulous evening! As we reflect on the last five years, we are inspired by how far we have come and grateful for all of the support. As we look to the future, we are excited to build a stronger and broader group of advocates and donors, and sustain our mission long-term through continued growth.
Maintaining our momentum is critical as we approach the next five years, and all of…
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
On a recent episode of Small Talk, Big Ideas on OHM Radio, our Land Use Director and Staff Attorney Natalie Olson talked with State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Chairman Vince Graham about how the Lowcountry can grow smarter, where we build our roads, and how Charleston can grow smarter.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Last week I described the news as a mixed bag. This week I’ll describe it as a (literal) bag.
In this excellent overview by the Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington, you will learn that single use plastic bag bans in South Carolina are attracting national attention.
This comes both from conservationists and coastal communities concerned about the rising tide of plastic in the ocean and the terrestrial environment, and from the plastic bag industry, who…
Monday, July 25, 2016
This week’s news is a mixed bag — success and chaos, root causes and aerial insights, and a bucket list of fish.
The Post and Courier reports that the Charleston City Council did the right thing with the Ashley River bridge, by the slimmest of margins. The Council voted 7-6 in favor of devoting one out of seven lanes on Highway 17 across the Ashley to bicycles and pedestrians.
Remarkably, in spite of the years spent analyzing…
Monday, July 18, 2016
In spite of, or perhaps exemplified by, the Legislature’s action on highway funding this session — they rejected a gas tax increase, approved spending $200 million in one time funds on transportation improvements, and substantially reformed the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank — the tug of war between new highway construction, (eg. I-526 to Johns Island), and repairing the existing road system continues. On one side, the vast majority of South Carolina residents, businesses, conservation groups, low-tax and good…