In 2015, the Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department was awarded a Federal Historic Preservation Grant from the National Park Service (administered by the South Carolina
Department of Archives and History) to fund an update to the Charleston County Historical and Architectural Survey (last conducted in 1992). New South Associates (NSA), Inc., a
cultural resources consulting firm, was hired to complete this project, which included identifying and surveying properties that have historical or architectural significance. The
survey update only included properties in unincorporated Charleston County that had not previously been surveyed.
On February 16, 2016, the Zoning and Planning Department hosted a public workshop to kick-off the project. Approximately 30 citizens attended. NSA provided an overview of the grant project, including the project objectives, scope of work, and timeline. Following the presentation, small groups were formed to discuss potential historical sites to consider for the survey project. The input from this meeting greatly influenced the direction of the survey, and the input gathered helped NSA further hone in on the survey project area.
NSA conducted field work during March and April of 2016, surveying approximately 1,300 properties. Upon completion of field work, NSA worked to analyze the survey data and began producing the final survey report (with input from both the Historic Preservation Committee and State Historic Preservation Office). On August 31, 2016, the Zoning and Planning Department hosted a second public meeting. At this time, NSA shared the survey findings and report recommendations. The report was finalized in September 2016.
In 2014, the Charleston County Planning Commission established a Historic Preservation Committee comprised of four members of Planning Commission, planning staff, and community members interested in preserving and enhancing the history of Charleston County and carrying out strategies identified in the Cultural Resources Element of the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan. The Historic Preservation Committee was originally tasked to amend local legislation pertaining to historic preservation. Through this process, it was determined that before updating local legislation, the County should pursue updating the Charleston County Historical and Architectural Surveys (conducted in 1989 and 1992). Charleston County was recently awarded a grant for this project from the State Historic Preservation Office.
View the Charleston County Historical and Architectural Surveys:
Other Committee initiatives include:
"Cultural, historic and archaeological resources, unique settlement patterns of traditional Lowcountry communities (such as historically African-American communities and family settlements), and traditional activities (such as Sweetgrass Basket Making) should be preserved and protected from potential negative impacts of growth and development."
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