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Zoning plan calls for management of growth

David Dodd

David Dodd

While the standard meaning of zoning appeal is to disagree with and request a review of the interpretation of zoning requirements, the “appeal” of zoning is a stronger, safer community. The City of Walterboro Comprehensive Plan vision statement calls for managing growth through strong leadership, with a good quality of life for all that should be “protected and enhanced”. The goals of the Comprehensive Plan serve as a guide behind implementing the zoning ordinance”. Through zoning regulations, the goals of protecting and enhancing are addressed, and by doing so, help to achieve improvements to safety, aesthetics and property values. The Comprehensive Plan states “properly planned (future) development, including remedying negative features (of existing development) … would result in making Walterboro more attractive for future investment, and the present residents (and this will help with) improving the community’s quality of life.”

Points addressed in the Comprehensive Plan in support of proper planning include safe traffic flow, landscape buffers to enhance visual quality, sign requirements to prevent unattractive advertising, and design guidelines to encourage natural blending of colors and materials. All of these points should help to maximize both short term and long term economic development benefits. The “appeal” of proper planning through a fair zoning ordinance is a better looking and safer community that enjoys seeing its property values “protected and enhanced”. Some examples of these points include the new Downtown Arborscape project, the new parking lot landscaping in front of the new Tractor Supply and the colors of the new Museum and the surrounding buildings in the area.

Walterboro adopted its newest zoning ordinance in August and addressed these issues in order to help further the “protection and enhancement” of the quality of life for the citizens of Walterboro by making its requirements more compatible and “appealing” to the property and business owners in our City. Both the 2010 Comprehensive Plan and the new zoning ordinance (Unified Development Ordinance) along with the zoning map are available on the City’s web site at http://www.walterborosc.org/codeenforcement.aspx.

Questions and a better understanding of any of the requirements of the zoning ordinance can be answered by the Planning and Codes Department at 843-782-1001 or by contacting David Dodd at 843-782-1004.

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