Mount Pleasant, S.C (WCBD)- Today is the final reading of an ordinance that would extend a current moratorium on certain multi-family structures in Mount Pleasant.
Last month, Town Council voted 7-1 to add an additional 2 years to a moratorium that was set to end in March. Councilwoman Landing was opposed and all others present voted in favor. Councilman O’Rourke was absent.
Council member Joe Bustos says the apartments are increasing issues associated traffic and density, “We just had apartment buildings popping up all over the place and it didn’t seem that the occupancy rate was that high”. He added that the moratorium needs to be extended so the town can work on its infrastructure.
We’re told there would be a few exceptions to the moratorium. For example, if a developer wants to build affordable housing or senior housing, they could get permission to build and if the Town of Mount Pleasant begins to experience an apartment shortage in the next two years, the ordinance can be changed.
Councilwoman Landing believes that continuing the moratorium will cause services in Mount Pleasant to struggle to find workers. She says, “Young people as well as hospitality workers, first responders, public service workers, teachers, nurses and other healthcare industry workers often cannot afford to live in Mount Pleasant unless they are able to room with someone else or are married such that a combined income is high enough. Apartments give them an opportunity to have a start”.
Landing added that during last month’s vote, Council did not have clear data on occupancy rates in Mount Pleasant. She will present new research and data at tonight’s meeting.
Tonight’s Town Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers.