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Land Development Regulations

  Table of Contents TOC
     
I Applicability 1-1
  1. Short Title 1-1
  2. Authority and Enactment Clause 1-1
  3. Jurisdiction 1-1
  4. Purpose 1-1
  5. Suitability of the Land 1-2
  6. Amendments 1-2
  7. Violations and Penalties 1-2
  8. Appeals to Development Regulations 1-3
  9. Separability and Validity 1-3
  10. Interpretation and Conflict 1-3
  11. Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances 1-3
  12. Effective Date 1-3
  13. Application of Ordinance 1-3
  14. Types of Developments 1-4
     14-1. Major Subdivision 1-4
     14-2. Minor Subdivisions 1-4
     14-3. Platting Actions 1-4
  15. Development Approval Required 1-4
  16. Applications of Procedures to Subdivide 1-4
  17. Plats Exempted from Standard Procedures 1-5
     
II Procedures 2-1
  1. General 2-1
  2. Review Procedures for Major Developments 2-1
     2-1. Consultation and Sketch Plan 2-1
     2-2. Development Plat and Application for Approval 2-2
     2-3. Final Plat and Application for Approval 2-3
  Review Procedure for Minor Developments 2-5
     3-1. General 2-5
     3-2. Submissions 2-5
     3-3. Review Procedure 2-5
     3-4. Letters of Certification 2-5
     3-5. Minor Developments Lacking Adequate Public or Private Improvements 2-6
     3-6. Recording the Minor Development Plat 2-6
     3-7. Revisions to Minor Developments 2-6
     3-8. Additions to a Minor Development 2-7
     3-9. Minor Developments on Adjacent Parcels 2-7
     3-10. Streets Within Minor Developments 2-7
  Platting Actions 2-8
     4-1. General 2-8
     4-2. Parcel Splits 2-9
     4-3. Boundary Surveys 2-9
     4-4. Estate Plats and Family Transfers 2-9
     4-5. Court Orders 2-10
     4-6. Combinations of Lots 2-10
     4-7. Lot Reconfigurations 2-10
     4-8. Mortgage Plats, Lease Parcels, Land Contract Sales Parcels 2-11
     4-9. Easements 2-11
     4-10. As-Built or Record Plans 2-11
     4-11. Conceptual Phasing Plats for Group Developments 2-11
     4-12. Closing Plats for Group Developments 2-12
     4-13. Cemetery Lots 2-12
  Street Naming Review Procedure 2-13
     5-1. Purpose 2-13
     5-2. Applicability 2-13
     5-3. Uniform Naming System 2-13
     5-4. Street Naming Procedure 2-14
     5-5. Street Signs 2-16
     
III Submissions Requirements 3-1
  1. Sketch Plan 3-1
  2. Development Plan 3-1
  3. Final Plans/Plat 3-1
  4. Platting Action 3-1
  5. Certifications 3-1
  6. Letters of Agency 3-1
  7. Regulatory Permits and Authorizations 3-2
     7-1. General 3-2
     7-2. Development Plan 3-2
     7-3. Additional Regulatory Permits and Authorizations 3-2
     
IV Design Standards 4-1
  1. General 4-1
  2. Streets 4-1
     2-1. Public and /or Private Road Rights-of-Way 4-1
     2-2. Relation to Adjoining Street System 4-1
     2-3. Retrofitting Existing Public or Private Road Rights-of-Way 4-1
     2-4. Street Hierarchy 4-2
     2-5. Trip Generation 4-2
     2-6. Roadway Design Criteria 4-2
     2-7. Sidewalks and/or Bike Lanes 4-6
  3. Lot Layout 4-6
     3-1. Blocks 4-6
     3-2. Lots 4-6
  4. Public Use and Service Areas 4-7
     4-1. Public Open Spaces 4-7
     4-2. Easements for Utilities 4-7
     4-3. Water Supply and Sewerage Connections 4-8
     4-4. Community Assets 4-8
     4-5. Fire Protection 4-8
  5. Flood Prone Areas 4-8
  6. Large Tracts or Parcels 4-8
  7. Group Housing Developments 4-8
     7-1. Mobile Home Parks 4-9
     7-2. Planned Development Districts 4-9
     
V Improvement Standards 5-1
  1. General Provisions 5-1
     1-1. Conformance 5-1
     1-2. Commencement 5-1
     1-3. Access 5-1
     1-4. Inspection 5-1
     1-5. Final Plat Approval 5-1
     1-6. Changes in the approved Plans and Specifications 5-1
  2. Required Improvements 5-2
     2-1. Monuments 5-2
     2-2. Storm Water Management 5-2
     2-3. Roadway Improvements 5-3
     2-4. Utilities and Services 5-4
  3. Financial Guarantees 5-5
     3-1. General 5-5
     3-2. Submittal 5-5
     3-3. Acceptance of Financial Guarantees 5-6
     3-4. Extensions 5-7
     3-5. Reductions 5-7
     3-6. Release of a Financial Guarantee 5-7
  4. Vested Rights 5-8
     4-1. Vested Development Rights 5-8
     
VI Definitions 6-1
  1. Interpretation of Certain Terms or Words 6-1
  2. Meanings 6-1
     
  Appendix A1 - Summary of Maximum Standards for Streets Based on Design Criteria A-1
  Appendix A2 - Summary of Maximum Grades for Vertical Roadway Alignment Design A-2
  Appendix A3 - Street Hierarchy Definition A-3
  Appendix A4 - Trip Generation Rates by Major Land Use Categories A-4
  Appendix A5 - Requirements for Dead-End Fire Apparatuas Access Roads A-5
  Appendix A6 - Submission Requirements A-6
     
  Appendix B1 - Irrevocable Letter of Credit for Performance B-1
  Appendix B2 - Letter of Agency B-2
  Appendix B3 - Platting Certificate I B-3
  Appendix B4 - Platting Certificate II B-4

 

Zoning Ordinances

  Table of Contents TOC-1
     
I. Authority and Enactment Clause 1-1
     
II. Short Title 1-1
     
III. Definitions 3-1
     
IV. General Provisions 4-1
  400 Nonconforming Building or Uses 4-1
  401 Nonconforming Building or Use Discontinuance 4-1
  402 Mobile Homes 4-2
  403 Churches, Synagogues, Temples and Other Places of Worship 4-3
  404 Vision Clearance 4-3
  405 Ingress and Egress 4-3
  406 Flood Protection 4-3
  407 Parking and Storage of Certain Vehicles 4-4
  408 Water and Air Pollution 4-4
  409 Front Yard Setback on the Divided Portion of U.S. Highway 17 4-4
  410 Street Frontage 4-4
  411 Accessory Structures 4-4
  412 Corner Lot 4-5
  413 Elevation of Buildings 4-5
  414 Customary, Incidental Home Occupation 4-5
  415 Cabanas, Docks, Dune Crossovers and Boardwalks 4-5
  416 Body Piercing 4-5
  417 Incidental Vehicle Sales 4-5
  418 Traffic Impact Analysis 4-6
  419 One Principal Structure on a Lot 4-6
  420 Swimming Pools 4-6
  421 Air-Supported Membrane Structures 4-6
  422 Outdoor Products Display 4-6
  423 Filming Activities 4-7
  424 Farm Animals, Poultry, Fowl and Livestock on a Residential Lot 4-7
  425 Commercial Helicopter Operations 4-8
     
V. Establishment of Zoning Districts and Rules for the Interpretation of District Boundaries 5-1
  500 Establishment of Districts 5-1
  501 District Boundaries 5-1
  502 Rules for Interpretation of District Boundaries 5-2
  503 Use of Land or Structures 5-3
     
VI. Requirements by District 6-1
  600 Conservation Preservation District (CP) 6-1
  601 Forest Agriculture District (FA) 6-2
  602 One Acre Residential District (R-1Ac) 6-8
  603 One Half Acre Residential District (R-1/2 Ac) 6-10
  604 10,000 Square Feet Residential District (R-10) 6-12
  605 10,000 Square Feet Residential District (MR-10) 6-14
  606 Resort Residential District (RR) 6-15
  607 General Residential District (GR) 6-17
  608 General Resort Residential District (GRR) 6-25
  609 Resort Commercial District (RC) 6-27
  610 Neighborhood Commercial District (NC) 6-32
  611 General Commercial District (GC) 6-36
  612 Resort Service District (RS) 6-47
  613 Limited Industrial District (LI) 6-51
  614 Heavy Industrial District (HI) 6-57
  615 Mobile Home Park District (MHP) 6-60
  616 Destination Park District (DPD) 6-64
  617 Medical District (MD) 6-67
  618 Office Commercial District (OC) 6-69
  619 Planned Development District (PD) 6-71
  620 Moved to Article XVII; Section 1701 - July 27, 1999  
  621 Rural General Residential District (RG) 6-77
  622 Village 10,000 Square Feet Residential District (VR-10) 6-79
  623 Rural Village Commercial District (RVC) 6-81
  624 Five Acre Residential District (R-5Ac) 6-85
  625 Forest Agriculture/Residential District (FA/R) 6-87
  626 Preservation Agriculture District (PA) 6-91
  627 Three-Quarter Acre Residential District (R-3/4 Ac) 6-92
  628 Forest Agriculture/Commercial District (FA/C) 6-94
  629 8,000 Square Feet Residential District (R-8) 6-99
  630 6,000 Square Feet Residential District (R-6) 6-101
  631 Flexible Design District (FDD) 6-103
  632 Solar Energy Facility Floating District 6-110
     
VII. Area, Yard and Height Requirements 7-1
     
VIII. Exceptions and Modifications 8-1
  800 Lot Reduction Prohibited 8-1
  801 Use of Substandard Lots of Record 8-1
  802 Adjoining Substandard Lots of Record 8-1
  803 Front Yards 8-1
  804 Exception to Height Limits 8-1
  805 Group Housing Projects 8-2
  806 Exception to Height in Velocity Flood Zones 8-2
  807 Exception to Minimum Lot Sizes for Certain Uses 8-2
  808 Setback Exceptions for Certain Structures 8-3
  809 Setback from Wetlands 8-4
  810 Business ID Signs 8-4
  811 Heirs Property 8-4
  812 Conditional and Temporary Uses 8-4
  813 Bus Shelters 8-9
  814 Parcels Equal to Less Than One Acre Existing Prior to Countywide Zoning in 2008 8-12
     
IX. Beach Standards 9-1
  900 Specific Project Standards for Beaches and Dunes 9-1
     
X. Sign Regulations 10-1
  1000 Purpose and Intent 10-1
  1001 General Sign Provisions 10-1
  1002 On-Premises Signs 10-4
  1003 Temporary (Special Event) Sign Restrictions 10-5
  1004 Sign Classifications 10-6
  1005 Off-Premises Signs 10-8
  1006 Fees and Bonds 10-9
  1007 Impoundment of Signs 10-10
  1008 Scenic Areas and Highways 10-10
  1009 Protection of First Amendment Rights 10-10
     
XI. Off-Street Parking 11-1
  1100 Intent 11-1
  1101 General Requirements 11-1
  1102 Parking Space Requirements 11-1
  1103 Design Standards 11-6
  1104 Special Provisions 11-10
  1105 Completion of Parking and Loading Required Prior to Issuance of Occupancy 11-11
  1106 Use of Off-Site Parking 11-12
     
XII. Buffer Requirements 12-1
  1200 Intent 12-1
  1201 Buffer Areas 12-1
  1202 Screening 12-1
  1203 Buffering Within Parking Areas 12-8
  1204 Lighting 12-10
  1205 Buffer Plan Requirements 12-11
     
XIII. Tree Regulations 13-1
  1300 Intent 13-1
  1301 General Tree Regulations, County Wide 13-1
  1302 Rural Area Tree Overlay Regulations 13-8
  1303 Urban Area (Waccamaw Neck) Tree Overlay Regulations 13-9
  1304 Exceptions To Article XIII 13-10
  1305 Enforcement And Remedies 13-12
     
XIV. Permit Regulations 14-1
  1400 Building, Sign, and Tree Permits Required 14-1
  1401 Application for Building Permit 14-1
  1402 Certificate of Occupancy For New and Altered Structures 14-2
  1403 Change of Tenant 14-2
  1404 Electrical Power Only Permit Required 14-2
  1405 Expiration of Building Permit 14-2
     
XV. Administration, Enforcement, Complaints and Remedies 15-1
  1500 Administration and Enforcement 15-1
  1501 Right of Entry for Purpose of Inspection 15-1
  1502 Zoning Ordinance Violations 15-1
  1503 Complaints Regarding Violations and Remedies 15-2
  1504 Remedies 15-2
  1505 Penalties for Violation 15-3
  1506 Appeal to an Interpretation or Decision of the Zoning Administrator 15-4
  1507 Impoundment of Signs 15-4
     
XVI. Zoning Board of Appeals 16-1
  1600 Establishment of Zoning Board of Appeals 16-1
  1601 Proceeding of the Zoning Board of Appeals 16-1
  1602 Decisions of the Zoning Board of Appeals 16-1
  1603 Appeals, Hearings, and Notice 16-1
  1604 Powers and Duties of the Zoning Board of Appeals 16-2
  1605 Appeals from Decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals 16-3
  1606 Contempt; Penalty 16-3
     
XVII. Amendments 17-1
  1700 Authority 17-1
  1701 Requirements for Change 17-1
  1702 Procedure for Amendments 17-1
  1703 Reversion 17-5
     
XVIII. Legal Status Provisions 18-1
  1800 Conflict with Other Ordinances 18-1
  1801 Validity 18-1
  1802 Effective Date 18-1
  1803 Repealer and Savings Clause 18-1
     
XIX. Establishment of Overlay Zones 19-1
  1900 Establishment of Overlay Zones 19-1
  1901 Zone Boundaries 19-1
     
XX. Requirements by Overlay Zone 20-1
  2000 Commercial Corridor Overlay Zone (CCO) 20-1
  2001 Airport Safety Overlay Zone (ASO) 20-8
  2002 Rural Area Tree Overlay Zone 20-16
  2003 Urban Area Tree Overlay Zone 20-16
  2004 Solar Energy Facility Floating District 20-16
  2005 Exceptions 20-20
     
XXI. Designated Overlay Zones 21-1
  2100 Waccamaw Neck Commercial Corridor Overlay Zone 21-1
  2101 Plantersville Scenic Roadway Overlay Zone (Removed) 21-8
  2102 Highway 701 Corridor Overlay Zone 21-8
  2103 Marsh Walk Overlay Zone  
     
XXII. Board of Architectural Review 22-1
  2200 Deleted Ordinance 22-1
     
XXIII.

WIND ENERGY FACILITIES 

23-1
  2300 Intent 23-1
  2301 Definitions 23-1
  2302 Permits 23-1
  2303 Accessory Use 23-1
  2304 Principal Use 23-1
  2305 Wind Energy Systems 23-1
  2306 Utility Scale Wind Energy Systems 23-3
   
  APPENDICES
A. Tree Regulations Appendix A-1
  Tree Well Illustration A-1
  Table 1. Caliper to height Ratios for Deciduous Trees A-2
  Table 2. Height to Spread Ratios for Coniferous Nursery Trees A-2
  Figure 1. Typical Critical Root Zone A-3
  Figure 2. Active Protective Tree Fencing Detail A-4
  Figure 3. Alternative Protective Tree Fencing Detail A-4
  Figure 4. Root Loss from Trenching vs Tunneling A-5
  Figure 5. Tunneling for Underground Utilities A-5
     
B. Sign Regulations Appendix B-1
  Ilus. 1. Sight Triangles Standard Detail B-1
  Table 1 Sign Criteria B-2
  Table 2 Size, Area, Height B-3
  Table 3 Sign Types B-4
  Table 4 Type By Use B-5
     
C. Color Chart C-1