CHARLESTOWNE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION GUIDELINES FOR FILM PRODUCTION
CHARLESTOWNE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION GUIDELINES FOR FILM PRODUCTION

The Charlestowne Neighborhood Association (CNA) is an active neighborhood organization, providing the residents of the geographical area hereinafter described a concerted voice when considering the matters that concern the peace, tranquility and orderly well being of this historic neighborhood. CNA represents approximately 1,800 residences south of Broad and Exchange Streets. Below are a few guidelines structured by CNA and distributed to all companies interested in any type of film or video production in the area in an effort to assist the production to run smoothly for all involved.

Notification

  • The President of CNA should be notified upon any application submitted for a filming permit to the City of Charleston for a location on or south of Broad Street.
  • If approved, advance notification to CNA is requested at least one week prior to move-in. Larger films with longer filming times should give two weeks notice.
  • Fliers with specific pertinent information must be distributed to the neighbors within a two-block radius no later than five days prior to start of production.

Parking/Street Closures

  • Parking signs indicating the name of the production company and the correct times and dates of restrictions should be posted no later than 24 hours prior to the actual production move-in.
  • All non-essential production vehicles and all crew vehicles must park remotely to ease congestion and be under the guidance and direction of the City of Charleston police department.
  • Production vehicles should be parked on one side of the street only. Sidewalk parking is strictly prohibited as many surfaces are of brick, cobblestone and flagstone. Larger vehicles should be parked in the middle of the block to maintain site lines for intersections.

Public Safety

A sufficient number of uniformed City of Charleston police officers should be hired by the production crew to properly handle safety concerns, facilitate street closings and assist in traffic detours, safe street crossings, access to parking for the neighbors and other disruptions.

Feeding the Crew/Dressing the Cast

All catering functions and meal service must be stationed in an off-site eatery/cafeteria. The same is true for the wardrobe trucks.

Production Limitations

  • Arrivals of equipment or vehicles for production or related activities should take place no earlier than 7:00 AM on weekday mornings and no earlier than 8:00 AM on weekend mornings.
  • Departures should be completed and all vehicles moved out no later than 11:00 PM. Any production should acquaint itself with the City of Charleston Noise Ordinance in Section 21-16 (http://www.municode.com/library/SC/Charleston) and strictly comply with its provisions.
  • Production at any one location in the neighborhood should last no more than four days and no location within the neighborhood should be used more than twice within one year with no less than four months between productions.
  • No filming will be allowed on New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, any religious and non-religious holidays and during the Cooper River Bridge Run. CNA asks that companies be mindful that production should be avoided during peak tourism season (mid-March to mid-April) and during Spoleto.

Cleanup/Site Alterations

  • Garbage and trash should be disposed of daily through an arranged trash hauling service. Trash should not be left on the streets for regular city pick-up. All honey wagons and portable potties should be emptied and sanitized no less than every day if left in the area. These facilities should be moved out along with all other production vehicles.
  • Any alterations to the streetscape, landscape and environment (including posted signs) shall be removed and the site restored to its original condition within 48 hours of the closing of production.

Donation to the Association

All production companies are asked to make a daily donation to CNA in support of its ongoing efforts to preserve the beauty and integrity of the neighborhood. The donation requested is based on the size of the film and the scope of disruption involved. ($1,000 per day is the requested donation.) Our tax identification number is: 57-0801094.

We look forward to working closely with you in creating an inviting and cooperative climate for your production in our neighborhood. Please feel free to call us to review these guidelines and discuss the details of your project. We urge you to keep in mind that our neighborhood is residential and expect you to be considerate of the people who live here.

For more information, please contact in writing or by email:

Charlestowne Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 548
Charleston, SC 29402
Attn: Phyllis Ewing, President

email: pwe4@comcast.net

CITY OF CHARLESTON CITIZEN SERVICES DESK
On July 24, 2018, Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the official opening of the city of Charleston’s new call center, the Citizen Services Desk, which connects residents to city-related services and information.

Residents can contact the Citizen Services Desk to report a problem, submit a request or ask a question about city services by calling 843-724-7311 during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by visiting www.charleston-sc.gov/citizenservices.

Requests made over the phone or online will be entered into the city’s Customer Request Management system and then routed to the appropriate department to be addressed. Citizens can check on the status of their request online, and will receive an email notification upon its completion.

Mayor Tecklenburg said, “Our citizens deserve top quality customer service and this call center will help us ensure that they’re getting it. Whether reporting a traffic light out, requesting a garbage can or inquiring about any other city service, this one number is our citizens’ connection to the city.”

CITY OF CHARLESTON CONTACT INFORMATION
City of Charleston Official Contact Information

Mayor Tecklenburg and Advisory Team:
John Tecklenburg
:  tecklenburgj@charleston-sc.gov
Josh Martin, Senior Advisor (planning & economic dev’t): martinj@charleston-sc.gov
Rick Jerue, Senior Advisor (education, humanities, culture): jeruer@charleston-sc.gov
Robin Griffith, Scheduler and Admin. Assistant to Mayor:  
griffithr@charleston-sc.gov 

Clerk of City Council:
Vanessa Maybank
:  maybankv@charleston-sc.gov

City Council Members by District:

Mail Letters To City Council Members:
Charleston City Hall
80 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Neighborhood Services:
Susan (Su) Griffin, Manager
: griffins@charleston-sc.gov

City Ombudsman:
Brian Sheehan
: sheehanb@charleston-sc.gov

Planning Commission: (Planning Department staff liaisons—can convey comments to PC)
Jacob Lindsey:
  lindseyj@charleston-sc.gov
Christopher Morgan:  morganc@charleston-sc.gov

Board of Architectural Review-S and –L:  (Planning Department staff liaisons—can convey comments to BAR)
Jacob Lindsey:
  lindseyj@charleston-sc.gov
Dennis Dowd: dowdd@charleston-sc.gov

Board of Zoning Appeals-Zoning: (Planning Department staff liaison- can convey comments to BZA)
Lee Batchelder:
batchelderl@charleston-sc.gov 

City Attorney:
Frances I.
 Cantwell:  cantwellf@charleston-sc.gov

Letters to Editor–Post & Courier:
letters@postandcourier.com

 

 

CNA SHORT-TERM RENTAL SURVEY RESULTS

Letter from Charlestowne Neighborhood Association Summarizing Results of the Charlestowne Neighborhood Short-Term Rental Survey

August 29, 2017

To Whom It May Concern,

The historic Charlestowne Neighborhood is one of the oldest continuously lived in neighborhoods in the United States. Its origins go back to the genesis of our nation. It is a treasure that must be protected and protecting it requires constant diligence, not only on the part of the residents, but on the city leaders and leaders of other institutions that have a direct or indirect impact on the livability and quality of life on which this residential only neighborhood depends.   Our findings show 81% of respondent properties are voter registered primary residences. 91% are private residences only and 69% live in year around while 17% are in residence six to nine months of the year.

The phenomenon of short-term rentals as enabled by such Internet based platforms as Airbnb, HomeAway, VBRO and others has proven to present a significant negative impact on livability in residential neighborhoods frequented by high volume tourism around the world. For this reason, the Charlestowne Neighborhood Association (CNA) established a subcommittee to research and gain an understanding of the issues and potential impact on our fragile neighborhood. Following their work, we have surveyed our membership on the issue and the results are unambiguous. Our neighborhood does not want to see short-term rentals allowed. In addition, the regulations and restrictions must be extensive and enforcement of the laws very aggressive relative to any impact such changes may have directly on our neighborhood. To facilitate such aggressive enforcement, funding and resources for reporting, investigation, enforcement and prosecution must be firmly in place before any such changes would be allowed to go into effect.

The following is a summary of the survey results:

The CNA Short-term Rental survey was sent only to Charlestowne Neighborhood members. Some members shared the survey with neighbors who are not CNA members, but who live in the Charlestowne neighborhood. The simple response for allowing short-term rentals in the neighborhood resulted in 83% opposed. When asked how they feel about listing their property, 50% would never list their property, 22% would not likely consider listing and an additional 21% viewed listing on such websites should not be allowed.

With respect to awareness of short-term rentals, 62% expressed they are familiar with STRs and their impact on neighborhoods while an additional 27% are familiar but don’t know how they are regulated. When asked what impact STRs would have on the neighborhood the response was 53% viewed it would make the neighborhood a significantly less desirable place to live, 19% said it would affect quality of life and 9% would consider moving out of the neighborhood.   When asked what they think about Airbnb and such sites, 71% responded they don’t like STRs as they damage residential neighborhoods.

In consideration of nine areas of impact for such things as noise, parking, property values, etc., of the nine, six were rated concerns by 62% to 83%. And if their neighbor were to operate a STR, 71% would not want any such rental, 17% would be accepting if the same or stricter limitations as B&Bs were applied, and of the remaining, 8% only if limitations reduce impact on themselves and others.

In considering the city’s willingness to enforce the regulation of STRs, 26% expect the city to be too lax, 31% view the city will fail to provide the necessary resources and 28% believe the laws will be enforced, but property owners will violate the law anyway.

In summary, the overwhelming majority of property owners in our neighborhood are opposed altogether to STRs and would only accept very strict and aggressively enforced restrictions. It is felt internet listed STRs are a significant negative risk to livability in the Charlestowne neighborhood. We call upon all involved in considering the strategic direction of Charleston on an issue of such destructive potential to the very fabric of residential neighborhoods, that you will acknowledge our concerns by ensuring there are no changes made without strict and enforceable limitations and the necessary enforcement resources and funding in place before any such change to the existing regulations. The most effective such approach is to continue the policy of allowing NO STRs in the Charlestowne neighborhood.

Please click on the link below to review the survey results and list of comments gathered.

Thank you for your consideration.

Charlestowne Neighborhood Association Board

CLICK TO VIEW THE RESULTS FROM THE SHORT-TERM RENTAL SURVEY

 

 

 

FIX FLOODING FIRST
Fix Flooding First is a recent initiative urging local leaders to find and fund solutions for local flooding.  Currently, they are circulating a petition showing support for such action.  Information on Fix Flooding First and a link to the petition can be found at
http://www.fixfloodingfirst.org/

 

FLOODING PRESENTATION BY COUNCILMAN SEEKINGS TO CNA MEMBERSHIP ON MARCH 21, 2018
GROUNDSWELL! WE CAN WADE NO MORE

Groundswell! is Charleston County’s only grassroots community organization dedicated exclusively to combating the rising flooding that threatens our homes and our hometown – over and over again.

Their mission is two-fold: To demand that our city, county and state governments devote more resources – and now – to the rising waters that threaten the very existence of Charleston as we know it. And to serve as a clearinghouse of practical information and support to our members as they deal with the devastation and anxiety that undermines our lives.

Groundswell! Is rooted in the Charlestowne and Harleston Village neighborhoods in the southwest corner of the Peninsula. But because flood waters know no boundaries, they welcome members throughout Charleston. They also welcome other groups that share our concerns – whether neighborhood associations, businesses, churches or civic organizations.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link below:

http://groundswellcharleston.org/

 

LINKS TO PARTNERS
City of Charleston Website ( contains agendas for public meetings, city department operations, city services and other information.) www.charleston-sc.gov

Seawall Repair – http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1065

Charleston Countyhttp://www.charlestoncounty.org/

Charleston Communities for Cruise Control – www.charlestoncruisecontrol.org

LIVABILITY SURVEY SUMMARY
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY MEETING FEBRUARY 17, 2020

A​ ​neighborhood safety meeting was held ​on February 17 at a private home on Colonial Street for concerned neighbors to discuss specific crime and safety issues. Officials in attendance were Mike Seekings – City Councilman,  Luther Reynolds – Chief of Police, and Dustin Thompson – Captain of Community Oriented Policing. Not in attendance, but aware of our concerns, is Patrick McLaughlin – Lieutenant and Team 2 Commander. Chief Reynolds set the agenda which covered crime, traffic and flooding.

Crime:
The area South of Calhoun is known as Team 2, which is broken up into three zones. Crime for South of Broad is low and mainly limited to auto theft and auto break-ins (not home break-ins). These crimes are predictable and preventable. We have to start somewhere, so let’s start with locking our vehicles. Start today – lock up everything. Don’t leave your keys in your car. Don’t leave guns in your car. There were 200 guns stolen in the city last year. Self awareness is key – check your surroundings before exiting your vehicle. Crime is woefully under reported. Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you see something.

Dustin Thompson is a resource available to us: 843-452-7679, thompsond@charleston-sc.gov. His domain (Community Oriented Policing) was created by Chief Reynolds. His specialty is problem solving, and he is a liaison between neighborhoods and the police force.

Lights are an inexpensive deterrent. Cameras are very effective and helpful. Public cameras are very expensive and take a long time to install. So partnerships with residents are important. If you have video footage related to a crime, send it to Dustin. Also, record the location of your camera here on the City of Charleston webpage. CPD has crime prevention experts who can come out, do a survey and recommend camera locations for private citizens.

Traffic:
Education, engineering and enforcement
Main purpose is to save lives but also to improve quality of life. They will put resources where we tell them. If we can help them identify the worst roads/intersections, they will enforce – but be on notice that often the residents are the ones who get tickets. They are beefing up their efforts with more motorcycles and more training.

Closing from Chief Reynolds:
We’ve heard you tonight. We will commit to better communication to build confidence. Dustin is our point of contact. We can improve things incrementally by working together. Once group decides how to communicate we can include Dustin. Tonight was a great indication of how important it is for citizen voices to be heard.

Action Items:
1. Start today: lock your cars. Don’t leave guns or valuables in them.
2. If you have a security camera, register its location with the police using this link.
3. Install security lights and cameras.
4. Decide as a group how we want to share safety information with each other. (Mike Seekings advised against NextDoor because it’s too broad, but if we think it works, that could be it. An email distribution list is another option.)
5. Identify a neighbor who is willing to serve/lead the neighborhood security effort.

RESIDENTIAL PARKING PETITION TEMPLATE

RESIDENTIAL PARKING PETITION TEMPLATE:

The City’s Transportation and Traffic Department will install signage on neighborhood streets to limit non-residential parking if a majority of residents on a street or portion of a street submit a petition.

 
As discussed at the March CNA Membership Meeting, recent parking restrictions on East Bay and South Battery as well as the anticipated elimination of some or all unrestricted parking along Murray Boulevard may result in increased non-residential parking on nearby streets. Residents of streets where parking is currently unrestricted may wish to consider whether to request parking restrictions to assure adequate parking for residents.
 

Residents may obtain, at a nominal cost, booklets of visitor permits that allow daily parking for guests or contractors.  Call (843) 724-7375 for more information about residential parking decals or visitor permits.

A simple template for a petition is provided below:

The undersigned residents, representing more than 50% of the residential units  on ________ Street/Avenue [between ______ Street/Avenue and _______ Street/Avenue], which is within Residential Parking District B,  request that residential parking be enforced on such street  as follows:

Hour limit:  _____ [1, 2 or other]
Days per week:  ______ [ 7 days or MondayFriday]The undersigned respectfully seek approval of this petition and the posting of the requested permit parking signs by the Charleston Department of Traffic and Transportation as soon as practicable.

[Signatures and addresses]

 
 

Signed petitions should be submitted to:

Robert Somerville|Assistant Director
City of Charleston|Department of Traffic and Transportation
180 Lockwood Drive, Suite C, Charleston, SC 29403

TOURISM
The Tourism Enforcement officer, the Livability Court Judge, and the Tourism Commission are working together to achieve a nice balance.

REPORT BY CALLING – (843-709-1985) – Give the following, complete information: 1. I am calling to report a tourism violation. 2. There is a (carriage, bus, walking tour) that is (the violation) at (the location). 3. The name of the company. 4. The tour vehicle number (white city decal on back of vehicle) or description of walking tour guide (walking tour guides should have their license displayed). 5. Tour violations are not stationary. However, if you are willing to give your name and phone number, and willing to go to court to testify, the officer will ticket the violation, even though he did not catch them in the act).

COMMON TOURISM VIOLATIONS:

1. Tours may only be conducted within RESIDENTIAL zones during touring hours. The legal hours for residential touring are 9AM- 5PM Eastern Standard Time (winter) and 9 AM- 6PM Daylight Savings Time (summer)

2. COMMERCIAL FREE Zones allow touring at any time of day. Visualize, or draw yourself a map of the following commercial areas. King and Meeting Streets in the area South of Hassell and North of Broad – North and South Market Streets and Cumberland St. between Meeting and Concord – Broad St. between King and East Bay – East Bay to Vendue Range. Vendue Range to Concord. There are two tiny jogs from Cumberland down Church Street to the 1st gate of St. Phillips and another to the Judicial Center on Meeting St. (only a couple of steps South of Broad, and on the Post Office side of the street only).

3. Some streets are zoned RESIDENTIAL, although they are nestled within the perimeter of the COMMERCIAL zone. Tours are not allowed on these streets, Church Street, State Street, and Chalmers, except during legal hours.

4. Walking Tours MAY NOT CONSIST of more than 20 people plus a guide. School groups are an exception.

5. Small Certified Touring Buses MAY NOT PULL OVER for descriptive purposes. They may pull over and stop ONLY to allow cars to pass.

6. Bus engines MAY NOT IDLE for more than 5 minutes while in a residential area.

7. Carriages MAY ONLY OPERATE in the zone designated by the green medallion displayed on the rear of the carriage. The most common Zone violations are carriages that have a Zone 3 medallion. They may attempt to sneak over to Zone 2.

8. Carriage Medallion Zones – generally. Zone 1 – Primarily Meeting Street and East. Zone 2- Primarily between Meeting Street and Logan/Lenwood and Murray Blvd. Between Lenwood and King. Zone 3 – North of Market and Pinkney Streets out to Calhoun and West of Logan and Lenwood. In zone 3 carriages should never be East of Logan/Lenwood.

9. Carriage drivers are required to drive safely and to PULL OVER to allow traffic to pass.

10. All Carriage drivers are equipped with walkie-talkies and are REQUIRED to report any and all horse/mule manure and urine.

The City has contracted a very conscientious company to clean up “spillage”. If they are called immediately, especially before urine bakes into the pavement, the odor problems can be lessened or prevented. If you see or smell problems, call Charleston Equine Sanitation at 343-1129. (And please thank them for their dedication to keeping our city looking and smelling clean.)

Large Buses and any uncertified small buses MUST DISPLAY YELLOW PERMITS in their windshield, indicating they are touring. They must remain on the Perimeter route. They must have a registered tour guide on the bus. Therefore they should never be “lost” and wandering through streets.

All large or uncertified buses must have either a YELLOW or a GREEN PERMIT displayed in their windshield. (otherwise call and report it) A Green Permit allows buses to transport people from one destination to another. (distinguished from touring)

THANKS FOR PLAYING YOUR PART IN ACHIEVING A NICE BALANCE BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE TOURISM INDUSTRY.

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Mayor Tecklenburg’s Coronavirus Press Conference Remarks on March 24

Today, at a 2:30 p.m. press conference, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg gave the following remarks regarding the city’s continued efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19:

Good afternoon.

For the past several weeks, governments and residents across our state have been working to slow the onset of the coronavirus pandemic here in South Carolina.

Schools and city public buildings have been closed. Bars and restaurants have stopped serving onsite. Large gatherings have been banned, and citizens have been urged to stay home, stay distanced and stay smart.

But with yesterday's announcement that the Covid-19 pandemic has officially reached the acceleration phase in our our state, we must now take even more dramatic action, while there's still time to save thousands of lives right here in Charleston by flattening the curve.

That's why, in light of the large gatherings we've seen in public spaces both here and around the country, I've today ordered the temporary closure of all city parks and playgrounds.

And it's why I will tonight introduce a citywide stay at home ordinance for emergency action by our City Council.

Put simply, this ordinance would require the closure of non-essential businesses here in the city of Charleston, and direct our citizens to stay at home, except for necessary trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or for other essential services and activities. This action would last for a period of 14 days, and would be taken under the city's broad emergency authority to protect public health and safety during times of emergency.

But before we take that step, I believe we owe our citizens and business owners a clear explanation of the facts that make this emergency action necessary.

First, there's the fact that our state public health agency, DHEC, has now officially told us that the coronavirus pandemic is in the acceleration phase in our state. This means that there is significant community spread, and that we've entered the period of maximum danger for our citizens, with infection rates and deaths due to this disease set to rise exponentially.

Second, there's the simple fact of population density. Three of the four largest cities in our state sit side by side here in the Lowcountry, with a total population in the hundreds of thousands. We cannot and must not allow this deadly, highly contagious disease to spread uncontrolled among our residents.

And, finally, there are the numbers with regard to the disease itself. Modeling at both Columbia University and here locally shows that Charleston is facing thousands of deaths -- most of them unnecessary -- if we don't stop the spread of this virus and prevent our local hospital system from being overwhelmed right now. This moment -- with the pandemic still in the earliest part of the acceleration phase -- is our last, best chance to keep that tragedy from happening here in our city.

Fellow Charlestonians, yes, the days ahead may be long. They may call for a level of service to others that's uncommon in our age.

But if a lifetime in Charleston has taught me anything, it is this: There is no challenge that we cannot face together. There is no trial that can break our faith. There is no pathogen that can lessen our love for our families, our friends, or our fellow Charlestonians.

We can and will bend the curve on this disease in our community. And we will do it the way we do everything here in Charleston: We'll do it together.
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Mayor Tecklenburg's Coronavirus Press Conference Remarks on March 22:

Today, at a 4:00 p.m. press conference with representatives from Charleston County, the City of North Charleston and the Town of Mount Pleasant Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg gave the following remarks:

With the coronavirus now aggressively spreading across our state and region, we're here today with a simple message for our citizens -- stay home, stay distanced and stay smart.

Doctors tell us that the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 would be nothing less than a death sentence for thousands of our friends and family members right here in the Lowcountry. And the only way to avoid that tragedy is for all of us to start following those three simple rules right now.

Number one, stay home -- and that means just what it says. If you don't have an essential reason to go out, don't go out. The life you save by avoiding that unnecessary trip could turn out to be yours or one of your loved ones. And as difficult as this is to say to our already suffering business owners, you as citizens have a critical role to play, too: If your business is not truly essential during this time, temporarily closing your doors or having your employees work from home now is a hard choice to make -- but it's infinitely better than the economic and social devastation that you and the rest of us will suffer if this virus gets out of control in our area.

Number two, stay distanced. Practicing good social distancing when we have to go out for essential trips to the grocery store or the pharmacy is the best medicine we have to protect ourselves and each other.

And finally, number three, stay smart. Wash your hands. Don't buy all the toilet paper at the grocery store. Don't believe every crazy Facebook rumor that's floating around. And whatever you do, don't go out if you have a cough and fever. That's when you have to self-quarantine immediately and go to MUSC's telehealth website at musc.care to get into the system for testing.

The choice facing our community today is simple.

If we follow these rules right now -- if we stay home, stay distanced and stay smart -- we can still avoid being a hotspot, like Italy or New York.

And if we don't follow these rules, we can spend the next few months watching funerals online -- literally, thousands of funerals -- because we won't be able to gather together even to say goodbye to our loved ones.

We're here today to ask our citizens to follow these rules and choose life.

The power is in all of our hands.
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