Chucktown Charlie 
Member since Dec 14, 2009

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Charlie Smith is a citizen activist living in the DuPont section of West Ashley. He is a Masters level City Planner who served eight years… More »

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Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Recommendations:

It is important to establish up front that STRs are legally defined as NON-RESIDENTIAL USES. This will eliminate these uses by right in residential subdivisions. Limited use may be allowed by ordinance and permission of the plat holders, but NOT under any circumstances by right in a subdivision restricted to residential uses.

The City of Charleston shall not usurp the rights of subdivision plat holders regarding the approval of Short Term Rentals.

In no event shall a legally approved short term rental unit comprise more than ONE SLEEPING ROOM in one owner-occupied residential dwelling.

Persons operating an unlicensed STR in a prohibited area shall be guilty of operating an unlicensed hotel accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be automatically taxed at the 6% investor rate retroactive to the date of the last proof of offering of the property as an accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be retroactively subject to all state and local accommodations taxes and school surtaxes applicable to the illegal use as if it had been legal.

Subdivisions that allow only residential uses, BY DEFINITION PROHIBIT STRs. There is no appeal from this. Private subdivision restrictions MUST be respected. The City of Charleston SHALL NOT approve any short term rental facility in any platted subdivision where it is specified in the subdivision restrictions that only residential uses are allowed.

The city shall ask in its STR application process which subdivision the subject property is located in and if that subdivision has recorded restrictions and if those restrictions allow for other than residential uses. Fraudulent representation of this information shall be punishable by immediate revocation of any license, permit, variance or approval that was illegally obtained.

Subdivisions that allow other than residential uses should revise their subdivision restrictions in accordance with the desires of the plat holders on this matter and in compliance with the recorded specific procedure for modifying the restrictions of said subdivision.

The professional associations representing the Short Term Rental companies have pulled together powerful legal teams that have been overwhelming unprepared zoning offices by blindsiding them with lawsuits over these matters.

The most destructive issue that we have over STRs is that they are taking away long-term housing solutions for full time residents. With nightly rates topping over a hundred dollars a night even in the suburbs, STRs are KILLING affordable housing on and off the peninsula. We cannot allow this to happen knowing that we have almost 50 people a day moving here searching for housing.

We must also be conscious of criminal elements who target neighborhoods and could easily use non-owner occupied, non-regulated STRs as a base of operation.

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Posted by Chucktown Charlie on October 2, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “U.S. House candidate Tom Adams comes out for same-sex marriage

Sheheen was a no-show at Charleston Pride last weekend because no one would introduce him from the podium. Several people were asked and all declined. People are finally catching on!

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Posted by Chucktown Charlie on August 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Vincent Sheheen campaign manager: Candidate non-committal about gay marriage ruling

Sheheen is a self-serving duplicitous charlatan. Write in Gilda Cobb-Hunter! She was with us LONG before most others.

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Posted by Chucktown Charlie on July 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “DeMint cringes at thought of a gay president

The fourteenth Amendment guarantees me equal access to the law and equal protection under the law. I am not required to submit to any additional layer of legal or moralistic approval or disapproval to receive it. My equality is guaranteed. YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE MINE BEGIN!

Posted by Chucktown Charlie on December 14, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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