CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – 1,800 acres of green space may soon be protected in Charleston County after seven green belt projects passed in the finance committee Thursday night.
Green belt projects are intended to ensure the land can remain open to the public rather than being developed by private companies.
Some of the projects include Brantley Park on James Island which has access to a dock.
Another project would protect 23 acres on Sullivan’s Island providing the public access to the ocean and trails in a forested area.
Councilmen Brantley Moody voted for some projects but said others had to be more cost-effective.
“It’s a place for the neighborhood to not have so much concrete, so much up-built. It’s green space, a place for peaceful relaxation,” he said.
Moody went on to say: “My personal opinion is when we evaluate these projects, they need to be negotiated vigorously and the taxpayer money needs to be guarded very closely.”
If approved the green belt projects would cost the county about $5 million.
Council will vote as whole next Thursday.