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Upcoming Meetings for January 25-29, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

The following meetings will take place virtually and will be broadcasted on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee

Thursday, January 28, 2020, 1 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, January 28, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Library Board of Directors

Thursday, January 28, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Lane Closures on the US 17 Intracoastal Waterway Bridge

Motorists may expect lane closures (north and southbound) on the US 17 bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. Crews will be working on both sides of the waterway. Depending on the weather, lane closures will continue Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.

 

If you have a pending case with the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office, please read: 

If you were summonsed for Horry County General Sessions Court for roll call, bond returnable, or initial appearance at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021, please pay close attention to the following. 

If you have an attorney representing you on your criminal charges, please contact your attorney regarding your appearance on Jan. 29.

If you do not have an attorney to represent you in your General Sessions criminal case, you must go to the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway on Jan. 29.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court and Family Court cases will not be heard in person until further notice, with the exception of emergency situations. 

All Summary Court (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrate's, Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) proceedings have been suspended until further notice.



Upcoming Meetings for January 18-22, 2021

[01.15.21-Revised to include Hwy 17 bridge lane closures.]

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Holiday)

Monday, January 18, 2021

All Horry County offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

 

Board of Fee Appeals

Thursday, January 21, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

 

The following meetings will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

County Council

Tuesday, January 19, 2020, 6 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

The January 19th Council Meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative channel 14).

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by noon on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by emailing hartleyp@horrycounty.org. You can also submit written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, hartleyp@horrycounty.org.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for January 19th Virtual Meeting include the following rezoning requests:

Ord 02-2021 Earthworks Group, agent for Timothy Savage

Ord 03-2021 Irish Farmer et al

Ord 04-2021 DRG, LLC, agent for John E. Taylor III

Ord 05-2021 Venture Engineering, agent for KTAD Holdings LLC

Ord 06-2021 Jean M. Davis et al

Ord 07-2021 G3 Engineering, agent for Leo Wallace

Ord 08-2021 Brian Johnson, agent for Martha Johnson et al Trustee

Ord 09-2021 Venture Engineering, agent for Black Bear Land Holding/Village at Black Bear

Ord 10-2021 Earthworks Group, agent for Lydia Edge Heirs et al

Ord 11-2021 Barry Colescott

 

Board of Assessment Appeals

Thursday, January 21, 2020, 4 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

 

Lane Closures on the US 17 Intracoastal Waterway Bridge

Motorists may expect lane closures on the US 17 bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. Crews will be working on both sides of the waterway. On the coast side of the waterway, the second span from the water will be closed. On the inland side of the water, the span closest to the water will be also be closed. Depending on the weather, lane closures will continue Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for work over the water. There is the possibility of crews working on Saturdays as well. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.

 

Horry County Parks & Open Space Plan: Public Comment Period and Public Hearing Announcement

The Horry County Parks and Open Space Board, Planning & Zoning staff, and Parks & Recreation staff have been working since March to update the 2017 DRAFT Parks and Open Space Plan. The Plan was developed to serve as a comprehensive guide to acquire, develop, and expand areas of open space, significant environmental and natural resources, and recreational sites, as required by the Board in Horry County Ordinance Chapter 15, Article VII, Section 15-125.

The public review and adoption process for the Parks and Open Space Plan has commenced. The 15-day public comment period for the Parks and Open Space Plan will be open from January 15, 2020, through February 3, 2021. Horry County staff will present the Parks and Open Space Plan to the Planning Commission at their regularly scheduled workshop on January 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. The public is encouraged to virtually attend this workshop and provide comments on the plan at the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in multipurpose room B in the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway. After review and approval by the Planning Commission, the Plan will also be reviewed and considered for adoption by Horry County Council.  

The Parks and Open Space Plan can be reviewed at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 1301 Second Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. It is also available for review online.

Public comments may be mailed to the same address as stated above, by email, or by calling (843)915-7894.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court and Family Court cases will not be heard in person until further notice, with the exception of emergency situations. 

All Summary Court (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrate's, Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) proceedings have been suspended until further notice.

 

 



Upcoming Meetings for January 11-15, 2021

Upcoming Meetings-Revised

1/11/21-Please note that the County Council Fall Budget Retreat is now a virtual meeting.

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, January 11, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

The following meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

County Council Fall Budget Retreat

Friday, January 15, 2020, 8 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Myrtle Beach International Airport To Host Online Public Meeting

The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) has been working on a Master Plan Update that will guide development over the next 20 years. Please access the Online Public Meeting via the Airport’s website and provide your input or questions by January 15, 2021.

www.flymyrtlebeach.com/about/masterplan

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

[01.08.21-Please note the below changes to court operations]

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court and Family Court cases will not be heard in person until further notice, with the exception of emergency situations. 

All Summary Court (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrate's, and Preliminary Hearings) proceedings have been suspended beginning January 11, 2021, until further notice.

 



Upcoming Meetings for January 4-8, 2021

Upcoming Meetings-Revised

01.05.21-Please note the Planning Commission agenda has been revised.

01.06.21-Please note the Planning Commission packet has been revised. Additionally, a new meeting has been added.

01.06.21-Please note that the Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee agenda has been revised.

01.06.21-The incorrect agenda was uploaded for both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board. The correct agendas are attached.

 

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

County Council

Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 6 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

 

The January 5th Council Meeting will take place in-person in Council Chambers. Social separation protocols will be enforced and seating will be very limited. Overflow space will be available to accommodate public viewing. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and in Council Chambers. The meeting will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative channel 14.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Public Comment will be taken ONLY on items scheduled for a public hearing. See list below.

 

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. You will receive a call during the meeting and patched into the meeting when the item on which you wish to speak comes up on the agenda. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by emailing hartleyp@horrycounty.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, hartleyp@horrycounty.org. The Public Input segment that is held at the beginning of each meeting remains suspended until further notice. 

 

Public Hearings that are scheduled for January 5th include:

 

Ordinance 122-2020 to adopt the Horry County Preservation Plan as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, Imagine 2040.

 

Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee-Revised

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 2 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Planning Commission-Revised

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

 

Myrtle Beach International Airport To Host Online Public Meeting

The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) has been working on a Master Plan Update that will guide development over the next 20 years. Please access the Online Public Meeting via the Airport’s website and provide your input or questions by January 15, 2021.

www.flymyrtlebeach.com/about/masterplan

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court jury trials have been suspended after December 4, 2020. Jurors summonsed by the Horry County Clerk of Court for jury trials do not need to report for the remainder of December 2020 and for January 2021. Contact the Horry County Clerk of Court at (843) 915-5080 for questions or concerns.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty. For the purposes of social distancing, those that must attend court are encouraged to do so individually.

Preliminary hearings have resumed.



Upcoming Meetings for December 14-18, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, December 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

NOTE: There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 21-25, 2020. Horry County Government will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020, Friday, December 25, 2020, and Monday, December 28, 2020, in observance of Christmas.

 

Library & Museum Holiday Hours

In addition to December 24, 2020, December 25, 2020, and December 28, 2020, the Horry County Memorial Library branches, Horry County Museum, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed the following:

Library: All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library System will close at 5 p.m. for the week of December 14-18, 2020, December 21-23, and December 29-31, 2020. Additionally, all branches will be closed December 24-28, 2020, and January 1-2, 20201.

Museum: The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed December 24-26, 2020.

Horry County Seeking Public Input on Beach Management Plan

Horry County is seeking public input on an update to the Horry County Beach Management Plan. The South Carolina Beachfront Management Act (S.C. 48-39-250 et seq) requires that oceanfront counties and municipalities prepare local comprehensive beach management plans in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to ensure that public beaches are holistically maintained. These plans must address beach erosion and beach preservation, public beach access and parking, beachfront development and land use, drainage, habitat and wildlife, and post-disaster planning. By having a current local beach management plan, Horry County will remain eligible to receive beach renourishment funding assistance from the State. 

Horry County Government is responsible for maintaining the beaches located in the unincorporated areas of the County, including Garden City, beaches north of the Surfside Beach to the Myrtle Beach city limits, and Arcadian Shores. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through January 31, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you are interested in learning more about the role of beach management plans or reading the plans of other communities, including the adopted plans for area cities, please visit SCDHEC-OCRM’s website.

Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide input and ensure that the plan reflects the desires of the community. Questions about the survey or the development of the plan may be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email. If you wish to receive updates on the progress of the plan, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end. 

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court jury trials have been suspended after December 4, 2020. Jurors summonsed by the Horry County Clerk of Court for jury trials do not need to report for the week of December 7, 2020, or the week of December 14, 2020. Contact the Horry County Clerk of Court at (843) 915-5080 for questions or concerns.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty. For the purposes of social distancing, those that must attend court are encouraged to do so individually.

Preliminary hearings have resumed.

 

 



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