Conservationists urge Charleston to cancel floodplain development in outer West Ashley

A new neighborhood planned on the banks of Church Creek in outer West Ashley is moving through the final steps of the city of Charleston’s approval process, even though the creek is notorious for overflowing and triggering a number of severe flooding problems there.

The development, known as the Harmony subdivision by national home builder D.R. Horton, will span 166 acres along Glenn McConnell Parkway near its intersection with Bees Ferry Road. The plan calls for 240 single-family homes.

Charleston City Council already approved the project in January 2015, but it still must be reviewed by staff to make sure it complies with all the stormwater and floodplain regulations, according to City Planner Jacob Lindsey.

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