On May 30th, 2018 City Council approved a six-month moratorium on the development of lots on either the beach or the marsh. During the moratorium, the Planning Commission will be examining and recommending changes to the City’s requirements for setbacks, buffers, septic drainfields, marsh island development, dune protection, seawalls, construction elevations, and other regulations related to building in the affected areas. Final recommendations will be presented to City Council prior to November 30th, 2018.
Citizen input is vital to this process! The Planning Commission will be meeting twice monthly July-October to discuss these issues. This page and the City Calendar will be updated to reflect the meeting schedules and agendas as they become available. Please plan to attend as often as you can to participate in this important planning effort. If you can’t make it to the meeting in person please call or email us your comments.
In addition to reviewing the meeting schedules and agendas, please use the resources below for information on the moratorium itself as well as related links from the City of Folly Beach, the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management division of the South Carolina Department of Health, the Nature Conservancy, the Sea Grant Consortium, and other agencies and non profits. This information is provided as both education and a touchstone for conversations regarding current best practices.
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE. PLEASE BOOKMARK IT AND CHECK BACK REGULARLY!
Meeting Schedules and Discussion Topics
June 4, 2018: Review of Moratorium, Background Information, Possible Areas of Study, and Timeline
Link to PC Agenda from 6/4/18
July 2, 2018: Review of Current Beachfront Ordinances. Initial Proposals For Changes
Link to PC Agenda from 7/2/18
July 9, 2018: Review of Current Marsh Related Ordinances. Initial Proposals For Changes
Link to PC Agenda from 7/9/18
August 6, 2018: Initial Proposals for Beachfront Ordinance Changes
August 15, 2018: Public Input Solicitation: Marshfront Management Plan
August 20, 2018: Work Session on Beachfront Ordinance Changes
September 10, 2018: Initial Proposals for Marshfront Ordinance Changes
October 1, 2018:
November 5, 2018: Drafting of Final Recommendations to Council
November 13th, 2018: Council Remands Proposals Planning Commission for Public Hearings ORDINANCES MAY BE MADE PENDING AT THIS POINT
January-March: Public Hearings and Adoption of Ordinances.
Links and Resources
Setbacks and Buffers:
Marsh Island Zoning