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Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of October 18, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

Historic Preservation Commission

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6 p.m.

County Council Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 3 p.m.

Board of Fee Appeals

Click here for the agenda.

These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Horry County Planning & Zoning Announcements

Applications are Open for the Third Annual Citizens Planning Academy

Registration is now open for the popular Citizen Planning Academy Program.

The Academy covers topics like development trends, capital improvements planning, and how to be an engaged and informed participant in the County’s planning processes. 

This year, the Academy will be a virtual program with a series of interactive virtual sessions beginning in November 2021 and concluding in February 2022. Everyone that completes the program receives a certificate.

Use the link below to learn more and apply online today. Applications are open through October 24, 2021.

Apply for Planning Academy

Community Drop In: Proposed Rezoning Request at Wizard Golf Course

A community drop in is scheduled on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 regarding a proposed rezoning request to redevelop The Wizard Golf Course. The drop in style meeting will be held at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center from 4-6 p.m. Interested members of the public will be able to discuss the redevelopment plan with the project agent, Felix Pitts of G3 Engineering.

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Carolina Forest Recreation Center

Project Agent: Felix Pitts of G3 Engineering

Community Drop In: Proposed Little River Historic District

A community drop in is scheduled on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 regarding the proposed creation of a historic district in Little River. Community members are encouraged to stop by to learn more about the district as well as the benefits of preserving properties that are 50 years old or older.

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: C.B. Berry Community Center

Registration Open for Ghost of the Coast 5K and Trunk or Treat

Join us Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Carolina Forest Recreation Center for the Ghost of the Coast 5K and Trunk or Treat. Costumes are encouraged and you can bring the whole family, including your pets! 

Trunk or Treat will be held at the soccer fields behind the recreation center from 2-4 p.m. and the Ghost of the Coast race will begin at 4 p.m. To register for the race, visit Ghost of the Coast Fun Run (runsignup.com). (You do not need to be signed up for the race in order to attend the Trunk or Treat).

Feedback: Horry County Flood Resilience Plan

In an effort to gauge the needs and desires of the community as the Flooding Subcommittee and County Council prepare to review the Horry County Flood Resiliency Plan, Horry County is accepting comments on the plan via email at resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org

Feedback will be accepted through October 22, 2021. After that time, the feedback will be collected and presented for review by the Flooding Subcommittee. 

Public feedback has been a critical component of the development of this plan and we want to make sure our community continues to be engaged and informed throughout the remainder of the process.

Community members can review the proposed Horry County Flood Resiliency Plan in its current form on the Horry County website.

Review the Draft Plan

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.



Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of October 11, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

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

 Zoning Board of Appeals

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 9 a.m.

Public Safety Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 2 p.m.

Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Friday, October 15, 2021, 10 a.m.

Hwy 90/905/Conway Perimeter Task Force Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Horry County Planning & Zoning Announcements

Applications are Open for the Third Annual Citizens Planning Academy

Registration is now open for the popular Citizen Planning Academy Program.

The Academy covers topics like development trends, capital improvements planning, and how to be an engaged and informed participant in the County’s planning processes. 

This year, the Academy will be a virtual program with a series of interactive virtual sessions beginning in November 2021 and concluding in February 2022. Everyone that completes the program receives a certificate.

Use the link below to learn more and apply online today. Applications are open through October 24, 2021.

Apply for Planning Academy

 

Community Drop In: Proposed Rezoning Request at Wizard Golf Course

A community drop in is scheduled on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 regarding a proposed rezoning request to redevelop The Wizard Golf Course. The drop in style meeting will be held at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center from 4-6 p.m. Interested members of the public will be able to discuss the redevelopment plan with the project agent, Felix Pitts of G3 Engineering.

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Carolina Forest Recreation Center

Project Agent: Felix Pitts of G3 Engineering

Horry County Planning & Zoning Releases Annual Report

Horry County Planning and Zoning officials are pleased to release the FY21 Annual Report for the department.

The report includes information about growth and development trends, significant department achievements, and the activities of the Boards and Commissions associated with the department.

Download the Annual Report

Registration Open for Ghost of the Coast 5K and Trunk or Treat

Join us Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Carolina Forest Recreation Center for the Ghost of the Coast 5K and Trunk or Treat. Costumes are encouraged and you can bring the whole family, including your pets! Trunk or Treat will be held at the soccer fields behind the recreation center from 2-4 p.m. and the Ghost of the Coast race will begin at 4 p.m. To register for the race, visit Ghost of the Coast Fun Run (runsignup.com). (You do not need to be signed up for the race in order to attend the Trunk or Treat).

Horry County Auditor's Office Moves Camper Returns Online

The Horry County Auditor’s Office announced a new process that will allow property owners to complete their camper and travel trailer tax returns online. Returns for campers and travel trailers are typically mailed out in January each year. Horry County has more campers than any other county in the state of South Carolina.  

County Auditor Beth Calhoun said, “We are always looking for ways to improve efficiency and customer service and I’m excited to roll out this new online process. We appreciate the support of our Horry County IT/GIS team and their help making this project a reality.”

The new form can be accessed online by visiting horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor. Property owners do not need to take any action until they receive their property notice, or after the first of the year.

Anyone with questions can be in touch with the Auditor’s office directly at (843) 915-5050.

Feedback: Horry County Flood Resilience Plan

In an effort to gauge the needs and desires of the community as the Flooding Subcommittee and County Council prepare to review the Horry County Flood Resiliency Plan, Horry County is accepting comments on the plan via email at resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org

Feedback will be accepted through October 22, 2021. After that time, the feedback will be collected and presented for review by the Flooding Subcommittee. 

Public feedback has been a critical component of the development of this plan and we want to make sure our community continues to be engaged and informed throughout the remainder of the process.

Community members can review the proposed Horry County Flood Resiliency Plan in its current form on the Horry County website.

Review the Draft Plan

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.



Horry County Planning & Zoning to Offer Free Program: "Establishing a Grassroots Community Organization"

Horry County is rapidly growing; and with it, there are a number of community organizations that have formalized or are working to become established as non-profits. These organizations play a significant role in shaping the future of their communities. In honor of National Community Planning Month, Horry County Planning & Zoning is hosting a special program entitled "Establishing a Grassroots Community Organization." The event will be held Monday, October 21, 2019, from 2 - 4 PM at the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 2nd Avenue, Conway, SC 29526. 

The program will feature:

  • Leigh Kane, Principal Planner with Horry County Planning and Zoning, will discuss Horry County Growth Patterns and the Significance of Community Based Leadership
  • Meredith Millen Harrison, Executive Director with Murrells Inlet 2020, will present on the mission, evolution, and successes of Murrells Inlet 2020.  
  • Ben Bullock, Director of Operations with Together SC, will discuss the foundations of being a successful non-profit and when to consider becoming a 501c3.
  • Ashley Cowen, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning, will conduct a tutorial of how to effectively use social media to convey your message and reach your organization's target audience.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring: 

  • Al Jordan, President of the Greater Burgess Community Association
  • Carole vanSickler, President of the Carolina Forest Civic Association
  • Betsy Fay, President of Beautify Carolina Forest

Horry County welcomes existing and newly forming community-based organizations to participate in this program. Pre-registration is preferred. Click HERE to register.



Horry County Seeking Public Input

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County is seeking public input to formulate a plan 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. The development of Horry County’s comprehensive plan is anticipated to occur over the course of the year. An ad hoc committee of the Horry County Planning Commission has been established to steer the development of the plan. The Committee has begun the visioning process for the future and is seeking initial public input during the months of January and February in the form of a community survey and open houses.

The community survey is available on the Horry County website through mid-February for residents to express the aspects of Horry County that they love and what they desire to see improved into the future. Paper copies can be picked up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. The survey will also be available at upcoming community open houses that will be held in January and February. These public meetings are designed to allow people to drop-in at their convenience to learn about the planning process and to take the survey. Numerous County departments will be available at these meetings to answer questions and to learn about your concerns. These open houses will be held on:

  • Thursday, January 25 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway
  • Monday, January 29 from 5 – 6:30 pm at South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach
  • Wednesday, January 31 from 3 – 4:30 pm at North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy 57, Little River
  • Monday, February 5 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach

Throughout 2018, residents are encouraged to visit the IMAGINE 2040 webpage to follow the plan’s progress and to get involved in its development.  Residents can also contact Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340 for more information.

 



Horry County Parks & Open Space Plan Public Meetings

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recreation, and the Parks & Open Space Board will be hosting public meetings to present a draft of the Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan. The plan provides recommendations for recreation facilities and open space preservation in the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  Many people and organizations have been involved in the development of this plan, and the County is seeking additional public input prior to finalizing the plan. Public meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on:

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 – South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy 57 South, Little River, SC 29566
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017, Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526

A draft of the plan can be found on the Horry County Parks and Open Space Board webpage. Printed copies of the plan are also available at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office, CB Berry Community Center, North Strand Recreation Center, Carolina Forest Recreation Center, South Strand Recreation Center, and James Frazier Community Center. Citizens are also invited to send comments directly to Leigh Kane.  

After comments are received, the Horry County Parks & Open Space Board will incorporate them into a revision and make a recommendation to the Horry County Planning Commission and the Horry County Council to consider adoption of the plan. 



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