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Advocacy In Action

We’re regularly engaged in community issues – from the protection of historic buildings to quality of life issues that threaten the character of the community. Our advocacy team regularly attends Board of Architectural Review meetings, Planning Commission meetings and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings. It’s our belief through these advance collaborative meetings, issues and concerns are often resolved before a project’s submittal to the city.

Additionally, our staff meets several times a month with various developers and architects to discuss specific development and historic preservation projects coming before the Board of Architectural Review or Planning Commission. We’re proud to support development that’s consistent with adopted city planning policy.

Community Issues News

Short-Term Rental Update

The Planning Commission and Short-Term Rental (STR) Task Force will meet jointly for a workshop on November 8th to continue to refine the Short-Term Rental ordinance.  This will be the third…

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Flooding: An Increasing Threat to Local Historic Preservation

In the wake of three years of consecutive flooding events, no one can deny that rising water has become a major threat to preservation in Charleston, particularly in the city’s…

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Save the Historic Preservation Tax Credit

An underappreciated but incredibly potent tool in the field of historic preservation is the Federal Historic Tax Credit. Established in 1976, the credit has enabled the rehabilitation of 42,293 buildings…

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Archaeology

Archaeological digs help answer questions about Charleston’s history that documentary records alone cannot provide.

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Ashley River Historic Corridor

We’ve been at the forefront of efforts to protect the nationally significant historic Ashley River Corridor and lead the expansion of the National Register-designated Ashley River Historic District from approximately 7,000 to 24,000 acres.

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Easements

Easements are a successful tool that help protect a historic property by safeguarding its historic character, materials and significance.

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Edmunds Endangered Property Fund

We were the first organization in the country to develop a revolving fund as a preservation strategy.

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Housing Affordability

To protect the cultural character of our neighborhoods, we’ve embarked upon a housing affordability initiative.

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Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

The goal of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is to stabilize neighborhoods by securing the future of their historic structures and community.

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