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Parkland Acquisition
Open Space Plan
In 2002, CCPRC conducted an Open Space Analysis comparing the population projections for the year 2015 to the recommended acreage standards for parkland. The following regional parkland (County Park) needs were identified: 

  • East Cooper 1,380 acres
  • West Ashley 1,240 acres
  • North Charleston 1,104 acres
  • Charleston Peninsula 630 acres
  • James Island 428 acres
  • West County 270 acres
  • East County 110 acres
Regional parklands are selected for specific natural or cultural significance. Additionally, there is a county-wide need for the following facilities: 

  • Boat Landings
  • Beach/Water Access
  • Cultural/Historical Parks
  • Bikeways/Greenways (linkages)

Funding Source
On November 2, 2004, nearly 60% of the voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in a county-wide referendum. This tax increase, the “Transportation Sales Tax” was created to fund roadway and transportation improvements and to preserve land through a greenbelt program.

The tax is expected to raise $1.3 billion for Charleston County over 25 years. A Greenbelt Advisory Board was established by Charleston County Council to make recommendations on sales tax expenditures for greenbelt projects.

The initial role of the Board was to prepare and deliver recommendations and comments on the Comprehensive Greenbelt Plan, which was adopted by County Council on June 6, 2006. This plan established three separate programs for land acquisition funding:

  • Rural Grant Program
  • Urban Grant Program
  • CCPRC Regional Parkland Program

The Comprehensive Greenbelt Plan allocated $36,000,000 to the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission for regional parkland acquisition. Visit the Charleston County half-cent sales tax website www.smallchangeforbigchange.org to find out more about the Rural and Urban Greenbelt programs

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