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The Long Range division of the Planning Department is responsible for the drafting and implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan.


Functions

The Long Range division of the Planning Department is responsible for the drafting and implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan. The Long Range division is also responsible for the drafting of Area Plans, Corridor Plans, Parks and Open Space Plans, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, Historic Preservation Plan, and research related to all future planning endeavors. The division coordinates and acts as the staff representative for various committees and boards including the Historic Preservation Commission and the Open Space Board.

Neighborhood and Area Plans

Neighborhood and Area plans are designed to give members of the community the opportunity to discuss the direction that growth and development should take in their area. Area plans also allow citizens to make recommendations to County Council on how questions regarding development in their community should be approached. Area plans can be used to cover elements of the Horry County Comprehensive Plan, such as the land use element, in greater detail: they can also address issues that community members feel are important which are not discussed in the Comprehensive Plan.

Bennett Loop Neighborhood Plan
Bennett Loop Neighborhood Plan
Burgess Community Area Plan
The Burgess Community Area Plan is an effort to assist the Burgess Community in shaping the future of their neighborhoods, streets, waterbodies and heritage. The goal of this Area Plan is to accurately capture and express this vision for current and future leaders of Horry County to use as a decision making guide.
Burgress Area Plan
Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 Bypass Area Plan
Purpose: To ensure there is a guide that citizens can use to help manage present and future growth in conjunction with the County's social, physical and natural environments. The plan is used as a reference for developers, county staff, the Planning Commission, and County Council when making decisions involving the Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 Bypass area.

Study area: On January 8, 2002 the Horry County Council directed the Planning Commission to conduct a land use study for property located south of the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 to the intersection of Glenn's Bay Road and Holmestown Road. Due to growth issues, the Horry County Planning Commission decided to expand the area to include the entire length of Highway 17 Bypass south of U.S. 501 to the Georgetown County line. A combined Committee decided to study only the properties already identified in the Area Plans that were located within 500 feet on either side of Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 Bypass.

Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 Bypass Area Plan
Highway 319 Area Committee Plan
The Highway 319 Area Plan Committee was a subcommittee of the County Planning Commission. Chair of the Committee was Commissioner Rob Wilfong. The Committee was formed on November 5th, 2009 and tasked with studying the Highway 319 Corridor to identify community concerns and recommend possible actions and strategies to alleviate those concerns while balancing the sensitive heritage and environment of the area. Information pertinent to the work of the Committee is contained herein. Please contact the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at (843) 915-5340 if you have any questions or concerns.

Hwy 319 Rural Heritage Plan
Highway 57 and Highway 9 Area Plan
Purpose: To establish guidelines that will help manage growth and guide development in the Highway 57 and Highway 9 area. The plan is used as a reference document by developers, county staff, the Planning Commission, and County Council when making decisions involving the Highway 57 and Highway 9 area.

Study area: The core study area begins at the intersection of Highway 57 and Highway 9 and extends outward one-half mile. The transition study area runs from the boundary of the core area outward another one-half mile. The secondary study area contains the final one-half mile out from the transitional study area.

Highway 57 and Highway 9 Area Plan
Garden City Area Plan
Purpose: At the request of Horry County Council the Planning Commission has undertaken a study of the Garden City area and developed a plan to address development and other issues. District 5 Council Representative Howard Barnard III liaised with the Town of Surfside Beach and Georgetown County to ensure that the plan took into consideration its links to the wider region and invited representatives from both areas to participate on the committee.

Study area: The Garden City study area is roughly bounded by the Town of Surfside Beach to the north, Georgetown County to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Highway 17 Bypass to the west. The study area is approximately 5.5 square miles, with 1.8 miles of beachfront. Based on 2000 U.S. Census data the population of the Garden city area was 9,357.

Garden City Area Plan
Garden City Height Overlay
Little River Neighborhood Area Plan
Purpose: To create an innovative future land use plan that would be sustainable and workable for the area in the years to come.

Study area: The Little River Neighborhood Plan Area Committee chose an area from Baldwin Avenue to Lakeside Drive and from Highway 17 to the Intracoastal Waterway as boundaries for the most critical area to study first.

Little River Area Plan
Mount Vernon Area Plan
Purpose: On August 15, 2006, Horry County Council set forth a resolution to initiate a land use study for the Mount Vernon community. Council asked Planning staff to specifically make recommendations as to appropriate land use, zoning, and rural preservation strategies for the Mount Vernon community.
Study area: Mount Vernon is located in the northeast part of Horry County south of the Town of Loris. Major highways that bisect this area include Red Bluff Road, Highway 366, Highway 348 and Bear Grass Road. This study area is in close proximity to the north of US Highway 905 and US Highway 22 (Veteran’s Highway), to the west of US Highway 9, and to the east of US Highway 66.

Mount Vernon Area Plan
Racepath Neighborhood Plan
Racepath Neighborhood Plan

Specialty Plans

Parks and Open Space Plan
The Horry County Parks & Open Space Plan is currently going through the approval process through Planning Commission and later through County Council. The Parks and Open Space Board has recommended that the plan be approved and incorporated into the Horry County Comprehensive Plan. The plan addresses current demand for recreation facilities and highlight areas of the County to focus conservation efforts. The plan also accounts for future population growth and development trends. Community input has been obtained through a county-wide survey, numerous focus groups, and public meetings.
Parks and Open Space Plan
Historic Preservation Plan
The Horry County Historic Preservation Plan was unanimously adopted by Horry County Council on January 19, 2021 and made part of the Horry County Comprehensive Plan. This update to the 2013 Historic Preservation Plan is in accordance with the goal to review and update the Preservation Plan. In addition to the future preservation activities, the Plan also details the past of Horry County and its development into one of the most heavily visited tourist areas in the country. This updated Plan uses more GIS analysis to better understand the preservation needs of the County and its implementation, illustrates the commitment and vision of Horry County to preserving its very unique and diverse cultural heritage.
Historic Preservation Plan
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The Horry County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was adopted in March 2013 and makes recommendations to provide for better connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Amendment: Appendix 1 Burgess
Written in 2015, this Appendix widens the scope of the recommendations for the previously adopted Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by including highlighting needs in the Burgess community.
Appendix 1: Burgess
Beach Management Plan
The Beachfront Management Act(S.C. Code Ann. § 48-39-250 et seq) requires that all beachfront counties and municipalities prepare beach management plans in the coordination with DHEC-OCRM. These plans must address historic erosion issues, ensure adequate public access, address beachfront development, drainage and habitat protection measures. This plan addresses the challenges related to managing a developed beachfront. It also ensures that Horry County is eligible for state beach renourishment funding.
Beach Management Plan
Horry County Green Infrastructure
Horry County Green Infrastructure

FAQ

What does the Long Range Planning division do?
The Long Range Planning division is responsible for enhancing the livelihood and attractiveness of Horry County for all residents, businesses, visitors and wildlife by recommending future planning and development practices.
How can I, as a citizen of Horry County, participate in the Planning process?
The best way to participate is to educate yourself on the issues. We suggest each interested citizen visit several Board and Committee meetings as most of them are public and announced and advertised in the local media. Also interested citizens may want to check with the Planning and Zoning Department of the individual Boards and Committees on possible vacancies that can be filled. Of course, being involved in and up to date on Imagine 2040, the new Comprehensive Plan for Horry County, please add yourself to our contact list here. After you sign up, you will receive email updates which will contain information about how you can be more involved. Lastly, you can always call the Planning and Zoning Department at (843) 915-5340 to find out about the latest activities within our department.
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Department Head
David Jordan
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Phone: (843) 915-5340
Fax: (843) 915-6340
Mailing Address
1301 Second Avenue Ste. 1D09
Conway, SC 29526
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1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
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