Angel Oak - More Trees to Be Cut ???

Angel Oak has been a source of artistic inspiration for many artists in various forms: music, dance, poetry, folk stories, novels, painting, fine art photography...

It's age, beauty, and size all make a lasting impression that's rare in our modern world.

Sometimes it's important to become involved in the preservation of the natural beauty that inspires and enriches our lives.
A writer to this blog has sent the following comment that I want to pass on.

Emily writes: "Please Come Out on Oct.1, 2008 To Help Save The Angel Oak"
"A meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals - Site Design Will be held on Wed, Oct. 1, 2008 at 5 pm in the Main Conference Room, 3ed Floor, Charleston County School District Building, 75 Calhoun St. Chas, SC. The following applications will be considered:
A. Application advertised for previous Board of Zoning Appeals - Site Design agendas but not heard due to meeting cancellation or deferral. For information on this application, call 724-3790.
1. Maybank Highway and Bohicket Rd. (Johns Is.) (TMS#279-00-00-142, 248 and 309).
Request a variance from Sec. 54-327 to allow the removal of 11 grand trees ( Ordinance prohibits the removal of trees having a 24-inch or greater diameter at breast height (D.B.H.).

Request a special exemption from Sec. 54-327 to allow the removal of 14 grand trees.

Request a variance from Sec. 54-330 to allow a reduced impervious construction setback near the bases of five (5) grand trees.

Zoned PUD.
Owner: AOV-AOD, LLC and AOD Develop.,LLC
Applicant: HLA, Inc

"Plan on being at this meeting Wed, Oct 1 2008 at 5:00 PM at 75 Calhoun St. 3rd floor, Main Conference Rm. We have to show up at this meeting and tell the Board of Zoning Appeals we say NO to the destruction of these trees.

"Paint Charleston Daily" is about painting in the beauty of Charleston and the SC Lowcountry. While I don't oppose well planned development, I agree with Emily and many other concerned Charleston residents that this developer's request to remove 25 more "Grand Trees" and to increase the encroachment allowance around 5 other "Grand Trees" on the land to be developed around Angel Oak is not in the best interest of Angel Oak or the Charleston community.

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting: Oct 1 2008
5:00 PM
75 Calhoun St. Chas, SC
3ed floor-Main Conference Rm.
Chas County School District Building


Katherine Muschick Schneider said...

For more info.about Angel Oak and other Significant Live Oaks in the SC Lowcountry, click on the Art Category "Live Oak" in the list to the right of this page.

Vera H. said...

Your painting is beautiful.

Katherine Muschick Schneider said...

Thanks, Vera. Nice hearing from you.

Katherine Muschick Schneider said...

Over 100 people attended the Charleston Zoning Board meeting. After hearing comments from 2 arborists,a hydrologist(all employed by the developer of Angel Oak Village) and concerned citizens, the board voted 4 to 2 in favor of the developer on all variance requests.

Charleston City Councilwomen Kathleen Wilson requested that the board seek additional information on the developments impact on "critical root zone issues" for Angel Oak before additional concessions are allowed.

Hopefully this wise advice for impartial professional advice from arborists and hydrologists will be considered by the Zoning Board and Charleston City Council in future decisions about the development surrounding Angel Oak.

Anonymous said...

I want to update you on the proposed development surrounding the Angel Oak. Although the developer was gifen the variance to remove thousands of trees around the oak, the Commercial Corridor Design Review Board rejected the plans and now the developer is having to re-do them.

He has not been given permission by OCRM (dhec) to fill in wetlands or disturb grounds. Literally thousands of people have objected to development in this area. Please help us stop this tragedy. Visit, sign the petition, and contact officials listed at the bottom of the site to voice your opinion. This development can still be stopped!

Lorna Hattler co-founder

Katherine Muschick Schneider said...

Hi Lorna,
Thanks for the update on the ongoing issues involving the development of the land around the tiny Angel Oak Park. It's encouraging that OCRM (DHEC) isn't allowing the wetlands to be disturbed - an important issue for the health of Angel Oak.

Thanks for your continued diligence at to ensure the health of our treasured Angel Oak.

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