FAQ Friends of Whitehall Park in Beaufort

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is on the Board of Friends of Whitehall Park?


A:

Paul Butare
Dr. Caroline Fermin
Dr. Trudi Kissiah
Kathy Mixon
Pat Harvey-Palmer 
Robert Semmler
Mark Weeks


Q:Who will maintain the 10 Acre Park?

A: The City of Beaufort will maintain the park, assisted by funding from the developer and through volunteers.



Q: Who will take care of the trees?

A: The Developer will undertake the initial trimming, pruning and fertilizing the Live Oaks. Ongoing maintenance will be undertaken by the Open Land Trust.




Q: What is the "Civic Master Plan" we keep hearing about?


A:The plan is an excellent document completed in 2014 after much effort by many talented and qualified people.  It is a guideline, not specific instructions on what our communities might do over the long haul.

You can look at and download this document here:

http://www.cityofbeaufort.org/Data/Sites/1/media/Departments/planning/civic-master-plan-book-final-021114-sm.pdf

It's a very large document, but you can refer to the Lady's Island section which begins on Page 176.. It's an important and well done document.



Q: What is the Whitehall Tract?

-Total 20 acres

 Includes:

1. 98 Units – Independent Living Facility

*Adults can manage daily living on their own

*no aides/medical personnel

Commercial office space

Condominiums

Private homes and cottages


Q: What changes with 10 Acre park?

Benefits:

-67 dwellings eliminated

- Over 600 car trips/day eliminated

- Passive park for ALL Beaufort residents

-Saves our natural resources and uniqueness

-City/County/Open Land Trust/Community collaboration

- Sets us apart from more developed nearby Cities

- Preserves our community for generations to come


Q:What is in the remaining 10 acres if the park is approved?

 -98 unit Independent living facility

 -Commercial properties

 -Restaurant

 -Coffee shop

 -Cottages

 -Individual homes

-No homes, condominiums or other living space within the park.


Q What are some benefits to the environment?

- Little change from current, natural state

- Saves ancient live oak trees

- Permeable trails and parking

-Water runoff virtually eliminated

-Removes permeable roadways within park

-Fill is not required for roads

-Trees will not be "welled" due to raised property levels due to fill

-Minimal tree root disturbance

-Eliminates underground cisterns in park.


Q:What is a passive park?

-Less developed than “active” parks

- Walking tracks 

- Gardens

-Seating areas

-Picnic areas

-Dawn to Dusk availability

- To be determined through public input and full time Passive Park county employee

 There are many definitions of a passive park, but it generally means that the park will be minimally changed from its natural state. Details are yet to be determined but Beaufort County has a team dedicated to monitoring and creating parks. Public input is planned and "Friends" will continue to work with the county and city.

The county definition of passive park is

Recreation requiring little or no physical exertion focusing on the enjoyment of one’s natural surroundings.


  

What is Whitehall Development Group?

-Developed Retreat at Lady’s Island and other properties.

-Assisted Living Facility

-Where residents from Whitehall can come as increased care is needed.

- Memory Wellness Facility

-80 bed capacity






Q:What is this under 10 acre rule that is being talked about?

According to City Manager Bill Prokop, and Architect Lauren Kelly, this project was approved before new rules were put into place on July,  2018. 

The approved plan will be reviewed in accordance with City codes, and any requests for significant variations will be  considered with full public scrutiny.



Q: Where on the property is the park proposed?

A: The tip of the parcel, waterfront closest to the city of Beaufort.




Q: How can I ask more questions?

A: Email us at: FriendsofWhitehallPark@gmail.com and we will get back to you.



Q: What is in the remaining 10 acres?

 -98 unit Independent living facility

 -Commercial properties

 -Restaurant, with proposed rooftop  bar.

 -Coffee shop

 -Office Space

 -Cottages

 -Individual homes.



Q:When will the park be opened?

That will be determined after purchase and will enter a detailed analysis phase. The public will be invited to share their views..


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