Meggett's Mayor and Councilmembers are committed to protecting the quality of life for Meggett's residents now and for generations to come while also respecting existing land uses. Meggett enjoys the distinction of being perhaps the most rural town in Charleston County other than the long-existing industrial area on Yonges Island. And this charming, rural character is what has drawn many of our residents to Meggett and caused many folks who were born and raised here to continue to call Meggett home.
For over a century, Meggett's isolation at the southern end of Charleston County has served to minimize the typical subdivision type development and sprawl that has overtaken community after community: West Ashley, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and all the beach communities. Even Johns Island is being transformed into suburbia, becoming almost unrecognizable in the last 10 years. With these formerly rural areas being developed out, only the northern and southern ends of the County remain predominantly rural. In fact, Hollywood and Ravenel are now experiencing the sprawl of Charleston's Metropolitan area with numerous new subdivisions planned for Hollywood, including 200-300 new homes behind the Piggly Wiggly.
The Mayor and Councilmembers believe that the proposed zoning modifications will allow Meggett to retain its rural character in perpetuity, even as our neighboring towns are suburbanized. As importantly we believe that Meggett's existing reputation as a desirable location will continue to grow, which in turn will maintain and enhance property values. We will not be the place for those who want the conveniences of suburbia, but there are many folks, like yourselves, who believe that rural tranquility is more desirable than suburban conveniences.
The proposed changes described below pertaining to dimensional standards for lots will apply only to new subdivisions and will not apply to existing lots. In order to provide flexibility to existing property owners, the proposed changes also include a provision entitled, “Subdivision of a Lot of Record Existing Prior to XXXX, 2021,” which allows a one-time subdivision of existing parcels resulting in no more than 2 new lots that conform to the previous dimensional standards, and the residual lot must conform to the newly enacted dimensional standards.