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Bluffton Character — What Is It? And How Can Developers Get It?

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July 7, 2008

By RENEE DUDLEY – Island Packet

Even for longtime resident Emmett McCracken, “Bluffton character” can be hard to define.

“It’s like pornography,” the former mayor said, referring to a 1964 Supreme Court opinion on obscenity. “I know it when I see it.”

McCracken, now a Planning Commission member, is not the only town official who finds it difficult to describe the architectural character of a town that prides itself on being eccentric and traditional. And it can be even harder for an out-of-town development design team.

That’s part of the reason some planning and architectural review officials are calling for updated guidelines, with pictorial examples, that developers can turn to before starting a project.

Bluffton character is the design standard developers are supposed to follow. That character also is to be maintained when existing structures are altered. Most development agreements call for projects to have Bluffton character but never explicitly describe what it is.

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