West Side residents urge city to reconsider proposed zoning changes

Dear friends, I encourage you to click on the two links below and read the two articles by Gazette Reporter, Joe Severino, regarding the City of Charleston’s proposed Neighborhood Overlay Redistricting for a large portion of the West Side Flats of Charleston. The Tuesday Morning Group s position on this matter aligns with the position articulated by Charleston Branch NAACP President, Mr. Rick Martin.
That is, it is inappropriate, untimely and unnecessary to implement the NOR at this time. But instead, the Ciy and CURA should do the following:
1. Convene a public meeting to update the community on the status and of the future for the Amended West Side Community Renewal Plan
2 . Convene a series of strategic planning meetings with local residents to agree on the plan for the West Side.
3 Complete the amendments to the WSCRP and consider the NOR as a part of the amendment process.
The NOR has been placed on the City Council’s agenda for their vote on next Monday, March 16. At 7:00 p.m. I strongly encourage you to attend the City Council Meeting and stand with the West Side Residents. They need and deserve our support. I encourage all Pastors, Sororities, Fraternities, community groups and others committed to fairness and justice to attend the City Council meeting on Monday.
Remember the Triangle District Champions.
Pastor Matthew J. Watts

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Dear West Side Residents

I commend each of you for attending the Neighborhood Overlay Redistricting
meeting at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School, yesterday. Your presence was a powerful statement of your concerns for your community and determination that your voices be heard. Your engagement with representatives from the City Planning Department is what civic engagement looks like… I encourage you to attend Monday’s Charleston City Council meeting and let your voices be heard by the full Council. I also encourage you to thank Ward 4 City Councilwoman Tiffany Plear for her excellent leadership, Councilman Chuck Overstreet and Councilwoman Naomi Bays for their support in attending the meeting. Since I arrived at the meeting late, there may have been other councilpersons there that I did not see. “Working together we can advance the West Side Revive Movement for Change”
The time is now. Be Blessed.
Pastor Matthew J. Watts

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