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Imagine 2040 Open House

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County is seeking public input to formulate a vision and future land use map that will guide future growth and public services decades into the future. This is part of the IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan that is being developed to ensure unincorporated Horry County grows in a way that is consistent with the desires of the community. Over the course of the last six months, Horry County has obtained public input through a countywide survey, public comments, multiple open houses, and a land use workshop. This information has been utilized by the IMAGINE 2040 Steering Committee and Planning & Zoning staff to begin drafting the IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Horry County will be hosting an IMAGINE 2040 Public Open House on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Center. This Open House will serve as a forum for staff to debut the progress of the plan and to obtain feedback from the public to ensure that it is accurately reflecting their vision of the future. This meeting will begin with a presentation to convey the planning efforts to date and the next steps in the planning process. Staff will present alternative land use scenario maps and visions so that the public can recommend their preferred version to incorporate into the plan. The public is invited to attend and people can drop-in at their convenience during this time.

You can follow the development of the plan by visiting the IMAGINE 2040 website. Draft chapters of the plan are posted to this site so the public can review and comment on them. Comments can be sent via email or submitted by mail to Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. A complete draft of the plan will be considered by the IMAGINE 2040 Committee this summer. Beyond the Committee, the Plan will be reviewed by Planning Commission and County Council, both of which will include formal public hearings. The plan will be submitted for consideration by Horry County Council by the end of 2018.  

Preliminary Flood Maps for Horry County Ready for Public Viewing

Conway, South Carolina – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) newly revised, digital flood insurance rate maps for Horry County, SC, will be available for residents to review at two public open houses. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

The open houses will provide residents of Horry County and its municipalities the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more. 

Flood Risk Open House

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

4 – 7 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center

1301 2nd Avenue in Conway, SC


Thursday, March 3, 2016

4 – 7 p.m.

Landmark Resort

1501 S. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC


Over 65,000 postcards were mailed to those property owners who are currently in a flood zone, may be added to a flood zone, or deleted from a flood zone. The new preliminary maps were produced by FEMA and are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data make the maps more accurate. The ultimate goal is protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplain widening or shifting, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

Home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend the open house. All who attend can meet with specialists to ask questions and learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities. 

Horry County’s preliminary maps have not yet been officially adopted and will become effective after a public comment period. This period allows the public to submit comments and appeals if they can show that any part of the maps is in error. Once all comments are received and addressed, Horry County may adopt the maps.  The preliminary flood zone maps can be viewed at Property owners will be able to compare these maps with the current flood zone maps to see if they will be impacted by the changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners’, business owners’, and renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, so flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Visit for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.


Horry County Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year 2013-2014 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for public review and comment.  The 2013-2014 CAPER highlights expenditures of CDBG Program funds for the period of July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.  The report includes information summarizing program resources, status of actions and community accomplishments, and a self-evaluation of progress made during the year.

Copies of the report are available for review at the Horry County Community Development Office, 1515 Fourth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from August 20, 2014, through September 5, 2014. The report is also available from the County’s website.

There will be a public meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the CDBG Office to receive further public input regarding 2013-2014 CAPER.  Written comments may be addressed to Diana Seydlorsky at the Horry County Community Development Office or may be sent by email. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on September 5, 2014.

Horry County will furnish reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with limited English proficiency or disabilities upon 24-hour notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services may contact Diana Seydlorsky, Community Development Director, by telephone at (843) 915-7033 or by writing the Community Development Office at 1515 Fourth Avenue, Conway, South Carolina 29526. 

If you have questions, please call the Community Development Office at (843) 915-7033.