Waccamaw Neck sign restrictions discussed

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Businesses along Highway 17 on the Waccamaw Neck may soon have to design their signs according to new restrictions.

The Georgetown County Planning Commission discussed new rules for signs in the Waccamaw Neck Overlay Zone, at its regular meeting Thursday.

The new restrictions would make the area more attractive over the next 10 years or so, planners said.

Restrictions discussed included height, size, type of signs (monument vs. pole signs), illumination, readerboards and using certain materials.

Planners also discussed the area to which the requirements would pertain.

Looking at photographs of different signs along Highway 17 on the Waccamaw Neck, planners talked about pros and cons of each.

Brian Henry, chair of the Planning Commission, said he would like to see changes to new signage in the Overlay Zone so the area doesn’t continue to resemble the Myrtle Beach area.

He said the new rules would not require businesses to remove existing signs.

“If we allow it to continue, it is going to go unchecked,” Henry said, referring to unattractive signage.

“I’m more interested in 10 to 20 years from now. This won’t affect change right away but it is taking a stand.”

Planning staff will summarize the details of the discussion and the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to Georgetown County Council in June or July.

County Council will make the final decision about any ordinance changes.

Development extensions

Planners voted unanimously to extend deadlines for Planned Developments in the county that are more than two years old and have stalled due to the economy.

All the Planned Developments listed have asked to extend their zoning.

Most of the applicants cited the negative economic climate as reasons for the delay in construction.

Some projects have permits and additional approvals from other agencies in hand and some have only conceptnal approval from County Council, staff reported.

They are:

Country Club Shops/Promenade PD

Arcadia PD

Pawleys Island Business Park PD

Hagley Estates Commercial PD

RCEE Tract PD

Riverview PD (Mariner’s Walk)

North Hampton Plantation PD

Crown Pointe PD

Weehaw (Georgetown Hospital) PD

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