EAST EDISTO Regional Master Plan, Charleston, South Carolina

Large forestry land accommodates regional growth

East Edisto is located about 20 miles from downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The site is 79,000 acres (32,000 hectare) and is bounded by the Edisto River and the ACE Basin. As one of the senior urban designers, Philip helped the client accelerate a long term goal to accommodate Charleston’s regional growth. The plan maximizes the use of existing infrastructure and creates an open space system by preserving or creating trails and waterways that link new neighborhoods and villages. Residential lots are grouped around parks and green spaces to form neighborhood centers; former timber roads are used to connect the neighborhoods to one another. As a result, the ecological impact of development is reduced while maintaining the rural character of the region. From rural crossroads to urban villages and, ultimately, towns, the plan accommodates a wide range of uses and activities including housing, office, retail, light industry, institutions and recreation.

In this project, nature is taking the lead in the design process. The result is a well thought out land plan that helps preserve the Lowcountry character and creates sustainable uses that are true to the local culture while promoting a vision for regional growth.

Project size: 79,000 acres
Completion of Regional Master Plan: 2009

The site is located about 20 miles from downtown Charleston
Regional master plan
In this project, nature is taking the lead in the design process
As a result, the ecological impact of development is reduced
The plan maximizes the use of existing forest roads.
Town Center
Neighborhood Center
Trails and waterways that link new neighborhoods and villages

EAST EDISTO Regional Master Plan

Charleston, South Carolina