Large Charleston County development considered

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      RAVENEL, S.C. (AP/WCIV) -- A meeting was held Tuesday to discuss plans for the development of 30,000 acres in western Charleston County.

      The Charleston County Council holds the meeting Wednesday on the East Edisto development planned by MeadWestvaco.

      The plans call for small villages and towns with tree-lined streets and village shops surrounded by extensive areas of green space.

      Those attending the session at the Ravenel Community Hall were able to hear about the development from MeadWestvaco representatives. Participants will also be able to ask questions about the project of members of the Charleston County Council.

      "This is one of the largest developments in South Carolina let alone, not just in Charleston County," said Dan Pennick, director of planning and zoning. "When you take into account Dorchester County this is probably one of the largest development proposals in the Southeast."

      According to the MeadWestvaco website, the first phase will take place over the next 15-20 years, and include the creation of Summers Corner and the first two villages, Pine Hill and Ashley Ridge near Summerville, the corner of Good Hope and Greenwood along Hyde Park Road in Charleston County and the Parkers Ferry Nature Center.

      "We need more schools for the kids, more shopping centers, buses to take people to work downtown, local areas, more doctors offices -{} things like that," said Diane Brown, a Ravenel resident.

      To learn more about the project, you can visit the East Edisto project's website by clicking here.