Plan to create more affordable housing sent back to the drawing board

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According to The Post and Courier, the city's Planning Commission shot down a plan last night that that would allow Charleston homeowners to build as many as three additional dwellings on their properties as a way to increase affordable rental housing in Charleston.

The plan called for homeowners with enough space to build up to three additional affordable housing dwellings, with a maximum size of 850 square feet, on the premises. Not surprisingly, however, the full proposal was opposed by local residents, preservation groups and even a Realtors association.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to send the legislation back for further study stating,"The goal is worthwhile, but the method is horrible."

Hop over to The Post and Courier's post where you can read up on the key points of the plan.