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Community Planning Month Education & Events

Conway, South Carolina - Horry County Council has declared October as Community Planning Month! Horry County would like to take this month to highlight the contributions that sound planning and plan implementation make to the quality of our communities, environment, and lives. It is also a great time to recognize the participation and dedication of the members of the Horry County Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Parks and Open Space Board, and Keep Horry County Beautiful. These members have contributed their time and expertise to improve and protect the quality of life in Horry County. To celebrate, Horry County is hosting and participating in a number of community education and outreach events. A 3-hour continuing education training for planners, design professionals, and elected and appointed officials was held on October 8th on Designing for Wildfires at the Wildland-Urban Interface. The County is also hosting its first Citizen Planning Academy! From a pool of applications, 35 participants were selected representing differing geographic areas, business interests, and community involvement. While this program is full, Horry County Planning & Zoning hopes to host this program again in the future due to high interest from the community. Additional community education and outreach events include:

Planning & Zoning Annual Report – This report details the activities and workloads of staff, boards, and commissions. To learn more, click here to view and download the report. Or visit us on Facebook to view or share it here.

Historic Preservation Plan Presentation – October 15, 2019, 2:30 PM – Interested in how the County addresses historic preservation? Come hear a presentation of the proposed Horry County Historic Preservation Plan as it’s presented to the Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation at their regularly scheduled meeting at 2:30 PM at the Horry County Government & Justice Center in Conway. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments.

Capital Improvements Expo – October 15, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Join representatives from various County departments in the Atrium of the Horry County Government & Justice Center to learn and ask questions about all of the capital improvement projects that are planned and underway in Horry County. While you’re here, download and learn how to use the HCConnect App from Horry County’s IT Department!

Parks and Open Space Board Presentation – October 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – Interested in what the Parks and Open Space Board does or want to know about current and future recreational projects in the Carolina Forest area? Horry County Planning and Parks and Recreation staff will be presenting about these topics to the Carolina Forest Civic Association. Join us at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center to learn more!

United Way Day of Caring – October 18, 2019, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – As part of United Way's Day of Caring, Horry County Planning & Zoning, the Parks and Open Space Board, Keep Horry County BeautifulHorry County Parks and Recreation, and the Greater Burgess Community Association will be installing a Butterfly Garden at the South Strand Recreation Center. This garden, funded in part by PalmettoPride, will be part of Horry County's first Discovery Trail, which will be installed in Spring 2020. While volunteer registration is full, we encourage participation in other projects taking place throughout the County on Friday, October 18th. Click here to find out about volunteer opportunities near you.

Establishing a Grassroots Organization – October 21, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Are you forming or part of a grassroots organization that is interested in becoming a 501c3 or learning to maximize its social media presence? Come to this educational session at the Horry County Government & Justice Center in Conway lead by Planning staff, Murrells Inlet 2020 and TogetherSC with panel representatives from local Horry County community groups. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register here by October 18th.



Citizen Input Requested Regarding Flood Resilience Plan

Horry County is developing a plan to help address riverine flooding impacts from tropical systems, such as Hurricane Florence. As part of this planning process, the public is being asked to participate in public meetings that are scheduled for the week of October 21.

Assisting the County in preparing this plan is a team of consultants with specific expertise in building coastal resilience to extreme weather events. This consultant team is led by Tom Jost of Sherwood Design Engineers. Three other consulting groups are also part of the project team. These include ONE Architecture, Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, and CASE Consultants International. Information about each firm, including a link to each firm’s webpage, follows.

Sherwood Design Engineers is a civil engineering firm committed to the integration of infrastructure, design, and the environment, with a particular focus on implementing resilient coastlines. Sherwood has offices in New York, California, Texas, and Georgia.

ONE Architecture is a design and planning firm with offices in Amsterdam and New York which is known for its unique approach in which financial, technical, and organizational issues are addressed and resolved through design.

The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.

CASE Consultants International applies Climate Arts and Sciences Expertise to inform real-world decisions in climate adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. Based in Asheville, NC, CASE connects science to solutions. 

According to Courtney Frappaolo, Horry County’s Director of Community Development, "The consultant team will bring a great deal of expertise in environmental engineering, resilient architectural and urban design, and community planning to the problems that Horry County faces from hurricanes and tropical storms. Scientific evidence shows that these big storms are producing more rain than ever and are moving more slowly across land and water, creating more flooding and, consequently, more property damage. We are taking action now to help our community minimize the effects of future storms.”

During the week of October 21, there will be three public engagement sessions in three different locations around the County. Each session will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.The meeting dates and locations are provided below:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd, Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

North Strand Recreation Center, 120 State Hwy 57 S, Little River

Thursday, October 24, 2019

James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport

Consultant team leader, Tom Jost says, “We hope that all interested parties will be able to attend one or more of these meetings. While our team has extensive experience, we know that the real expertise lies in the experiences of Horry County citizens. Over the past four years, major flooding has occurred from hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Florence. We want to hear how these storms have affected your homes and businesses, as well as what ideas you may have for addressing these impacts. If you cannot attend, we will make survey forms available for you at the Horry County website so that your comments and ideas can be considered.”



Horry County Planning & Zoning Launches Citizen Planning Academy

Horry County Planning & Zoning is pleased to announce its first annual Citizen Planning Academy. This program is designed to create citizen planners that will be engaged in shaping the future of unincorporated Horry County. This four session program will be held at the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway. It begins on Thursday, October 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, followed by sessions on November 14th, December 12th, and January 9th. The Academy will cover a variety of topics, including but not limited to, the history of planning in Horry County, planning authorities granted by the State, the rezoning process, land development, capital improvements planning and funding, and ways to guide quality growth. The program will also convey how to provide public input and get involved in the planning process.

Applications for this program can be submitted electronically through September 23rd at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PlanningAcademy.

Seating is limited to 30 people and applications will be reviewed to ensure that the Academy has representation from throughout unincorporated areas of the County. Applicants will be notified by email by September 25th if they have been accepted into the program. For more information on this program, please contact Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 843-915-5340. 



IMAGINE 2040 Public Hearing & Public Comment Period Reminder

Conway, South Carolina – Over the course of the last ten months, Horry County staff and an ad-hoc steering committee of the Horry County Planning Commission have been working to assess existing and projected housing and population growth and community needs in unincorporated Horry County. This effort has been to inform the development of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, known as IMAGINE 2040.

By state law, municipal and county governments that have adopted zoning and land development standards are required to adopt new comprehensive plans every ten years to ensure that development and policy occur in a way that is consistent with the desires of the community. Over the last decade, Envision 2025 has served as the guiding document for growth in unincorporated Horry County.

The public review and adoption process for IMAGINE 2040 has commenced. The IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be discussed at the regularly scheduled Horry County Planning Commission Workshop on Thursday, November 29th at 3:00 PM. A formal 30-day written public comment period will be coming to a close on the same day; however, the public is encouraged to attend and provide comment on the plan at the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, December 6th at 5:30 PM. Both meetings will be held in Multi-purpose Room B of 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 IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan can be reviewed at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 1301 2nd Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526 or online. Public comments may be mailed to the above address or by email.



Two Family Farms Designated as Century Farms

Conway, South Carolina — The South Carolina Century Farms Program announced that the Vereen Farm and the Worley Farm in Horry County have been designated as Century Farms. The Century Farms Program was created to honor families who have owned and farmed on the same land for at least one hundred years. 

The Vereen Farm, located in Brookville, was purchased by the family in 1902 and has been continuously owned by the family since then. The Vereen Farm is currently owned by Marilyn and Paul Stallings of Wilson, North Carolina. They farm corn, wheat, cucumbers, tobacco and soybeans. 

The Worley Farm, near Loris, was purchased by the family in 1881 and is currently owned by Faye Worley of Nichols, South Carolina. They make high quality hand-crafted goat milk soaps and SCDA certified farmstead cheeses. 

Other Horry County Farms that are Century Farms include the Stevens Farm, Horace Hammond Farm, Ralph Hammond Farm, McNeill Farm, H.G. Bullock Farm, Bellamy Farms and the Hendrick Farm. The Century Farms Program was created in 1974 for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. In 1976, the South Carolina Legislature expanded the program into a statewide program. Since its inception, 350 properties have been designated as Century Farms. 

The Century Farms Program is administered by the Pendleton District Commission in Pendleton, South Carolina. This designation places no restrictions on the farm, nor does it offer legal protection. There is no cost to apply. For more information, please contact Pendleton District Commission at (864) 646-3782 or centuryfarm@pendeltondistrict.org.



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