Community Alliance for Sustainable Development meets in Easley

More than 60 people met in the venue at Arran Farm four days ago to discuss sustainable development in Pickens County. Many of them expressing their concerns about recent development in Easley. Fox Carolina attended the meeting, and interviewed several people in attendance. You can read the entire article HERE.

CASD meeting February 16, 2023 at Arran Farm in Easley, SC.

Community Alliance for Sustainable Development formed 3 months ago. According to the website, their primary goal is “to enact change in Pickens County to ensure sustainable growth and development in our communities.”

One of the recent objectives has been to update the current county’s Unified Development Standards Ordinance (UDSO). The current ordinance was adopted in 2008, and hasn’t been updated since 2018.

Unified Development Standards Ordinance amendments as proposed by the Community Alliance of Sustainable Development.

On February 6, at the Pickens County Council meeting, members of the public and CASD were allowed to express their concerns about the direction of development in the area.

The County Council voted unanimously to voted for a moratorium on new development. This is a suspension of new residential construction that has not already been approved for permit until November 2023. The moratorium will affect large-scale development projects of 49 homes or more.

The Alliance is also working at the city level in Easley by attending city meetings, contacting local representatives, and signing petitions.

One of those meetings was a work session held yesterday, February 20, 2023 at 6PM in the Easley Law Enforcement Building. It was to allow for the City Council, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals to go over the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission led the meeting, and the public was invited without input. After this review, the ordinance will go to the City Council for the last review.

A recap of the meeting will be uploaded in a later article.