Charleston Implements New Parking Ordinance

Several College of Charleston students were alarmed over winter break when the Charleston City Council proposed to bolster parking restrictions downtown.

The new ordinance originally proposed that those seeking parking passes would require a valid S.C. driver’s license with an address that matched their rented property, and that their vehicle be registered in S.C.

This proposal would have made it nearly impossible for out of state students to obtain on-street parking passes. The City Council received numerous complaints from college students about the proposed new restrictions.

Keith Benjamin, director of the Traffic and Transportation Department, told the Post and Courier the reason for the new restrictions was to “give preference to actual residents.”

President McConnell stated in a campus-wide email that he “reached out to Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and the City Council members regarding the effect this ordinance could have on our nonresident students who live off-campus.”

City Council ultimately chose to modify the proposal to allow college students and military personnel to obtain parking permits with a valid student or military ID.

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