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DPNC Newsletter - June 2006



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Date: Monday, September 18th  2006

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall          

Speaker: To be Announced




The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park

Official Publication of
The Deer Park Neighborhood Council                      Vol. 10   No. 18            June  2006




By Julia Long


Thanks to hard work on the part of our Council Representative, Bobby Jameson, there's some good news for our  internal Deer Park traffic flow. The corner of Fernwood and Deerwood will be made a four-way stop: pause a moment to cheer loudly!  The addition of stop signs on Fernwood ought to help reduce the number of accidents at that intersection, and it also ought to slow down some of the traffic that now speeds along the uninterrupted run on Fernwood from Salamander out to University Boulevard. In addition, Northwoods Pointe is seeing some barriers and a no-outlet sign installed that will prevent unwary drivers from going off the road into a ditch, plus a much-needed sidewalk repair.

Thank you to Linda Vetter for speaking for us at last week's City Council meeting. We are supporting an ordinance change that will require a 25-foot buffer for any business going in next to single-family residential property. At the present time, most such businesses can get away with only ten feet.

And thank you to Susanne Azevedo for joining me at the Planning Commission meeting. It looks so much better to have more than one of us there, and I appreciated the company.

As you probably saw in the June 13 newspaper, the Planning Commission did not give the      Webber-tract people the re-zonings they asked for on the old Ingleside Plantation land, including  the Blue House Swamp. These re-zonings would allow various kinds of uses, some of which might create serious crowding and/or traffic issues. So instead, the Planning Commission suggested that the Webber-tract people accept a planned development type zoning, which would tie the developers in to the specific uses they were saying at the meeting that they intended. The Webber developers, speaking through their representative at the meeting, refused the planned development offer.

This refusal by the Webber-tract people could have negative results for residents.  For example, Colony North could be dramatically impacted by the details of the many and varied uses permitted under the broad zonings requested by Webber. In addition, our own traffic flow area up to and including our I-26 intersection, and on up the road to Ladson, could also be very much affected by the specific uses eventually chosen. I personally would like to see the Webber-tract people locked in by a planned development designation of specific uses, rather than just being given various broad re-zonings to do with later as they please. This planned development designation is still fair to the developers, because if they change their minds, they can just ask the city for a revision. What the planned development designation does in this kind of situation is give the city a chance to review any future changes in what the developers now say they intend to do, rather than just give the developers the future right to do absolutely anything that could possibly fit into the zonings. If you have an opinion on this subject, please let me know right away, so that I'll know what request to make of our Council Representative. The public hearing will probably be the first city council meeting in June.

Also at the Planning Commission meeting, Charleston Southern University received approval of a request to re-zone the very back of their property to light industry to permit the American LaFrance company to move in there. There are plans to open the frontage road by CSU all the way up to College Park road, perhaps providing another much needed future passageway for us when the interstate and/or Ladson Road have accidents or other traffic jams.

It appears likely that the final plat for the huge University Park Subdivision in the heart of Deer Park will come up for approval at the July 10 Planning Commission meeting. This may be our last opportunity for input. I have copies of the plats (borrowed from Bobby). If you have any interest in what is proposed for final approval, please get in touch with me immediately and ask to see the plats. It's probably now or never, folks.  


A representative of Charleston Southern University tells us that our neighborhood  residents are welcome at the university cafeteria for lunch and dinner. She promises good home-style meals at reasonable prices, so give it a try!


Red Oak is the construction going on on Otranto just before Deerwood; the road has just been put in.   At the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, June 10, Red Oak got final approval for its site plan, providing that they set off a buffer of at least 25 feet between the lots and the apartments, as well as a 10-foot buffer between the lots and the trailer park.  If you want to see the site plan, let Julia Long know. There will be 40 new homes, on lots of mostly 6,000 sq ft., but a few on lots of up to 10,000 or 12,000.  


Garbage Pick-up Schedule                                                   Key Personnel

Garbage:                        Every Wednesday                                           City Council District 3            Robert Jameson             824-1500

Leaves/Grass:                Every Wednesday                                         County Council Rep                  Tim Scott                        797-3065

Large Trash:                  Wednesday, June 21st                               Neighborhood Crime             Linda  Vetter                553-8068

                                       July 6th & 19th ( please note that                      Watch Representative

                                       Thursday will be pick-up day                          N. Chas. Dispatcher                                                    745-1015

                                       when city Holiday falls on Mon.                     Housing Director                   Darbis Briggmann        740-2560        

                                          Tues. or Wed. )                                              SPEED Team Rep.                     Sgt. Ramsey                   745-1069

Recyclables:                   Thursday,  June 29th, July 13th                    Code Enforcement                     Jerry Groover                 740-2671                                                   July 27th  ( this switch to Thursdays’        CAC  Representative                Chuck Anderson           225-1189                         

                                          began on 5/1/06 )                                           Membership                               Linda Brinson                553-8832


Board of Directors

President                        Julia Long                       797-0893                  Newsletter Distribution           Jimmy Mitchum             553-0665

Vice President                Dennis Isgitt                 797-2455                                                                        Jim Driver                        553-0768

Secretary                        Susie Anderson             225-1189                                                                        Bill Lusk                          553-1348

Treasurer                       Linda Brinson                553-8832

Board Mbr. Apptd.      Wheeler Tillman               569-0212                  Newsletter                                  Susanne Azevedo         572-2321

Board Mbr. Apptd.          Susanne Azevedo       572-2321                  Disaster/ Preparation              James Brown                  553-4329

Board Mbr. Elected     Audrey Carpenter           553-7768                  Sick & Sunshine                      Susanne Azevedo         572-2321

Board Mbr. Elected     Mary Hutson                   553-4451                  Voter Registration                    Douglas Azevedo         572-2321

Past President                 Robert Jameson           824-1500