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Design Review Board

Mission

Aesthetics and design review along designated corridors.

Overview

The Design Review Board is established as a board of architectural and landscape design review for projects in the Corridor Overlay District and for signs throughout the community, pursuant to the authority of Section 6-29-870 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina.

The Design Review Board consists of seven (7) members. One (1) attorney; two (2) but not more than three (3) design professional (such as a registered architect, a landscape architect or a graphic artist). None of the members shall hold elected public office in the Town or County.

Town Council appoints members to the board. All members shall serve three-year terms.
No member may serve for more than two (2) successive terms, except for extraordinary circumstances where Council believes it to be in the best interest of the community to have a continuation for a specified period of a particular member of the board.

A majority of the Design Review Board shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business.
Public notice of all meetings of the Design Review Board shall be provided by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town, in accordance with South Carolina Freedom of Information Act requirements.

The Design Review Board shall have jurisdiction throughout the Town, subject to other provisions of the Land Management Ordinance (LMO) regarding the districts or other areas to which the provisions administered by the Board are applicable.

Powers and Duties

The Design Review Board shall perform the duties and possess the powers set forth in the LMO as follows:
  1. To periodically review and recommend for adoption such amendments to the (LMO) as it may deem appropriate.
  2. To review applications for sign permits.
  3. To review development within the Corridor Overlay District.

Appeal

A person who may have a substantial interest in any decision of the Design Review Board, or an officer or agent of the appropriate governing authority may appeal from a decision of the Board to the Circuit Court in and for the County by filing with the Clerk of the Court a petition in writing, setting forth plainly, fully and distinctly why the decision is contrary to law. The appeal must be filed within 30 days after the decision of the Board is mailed. The appeal shall proceed in accordance with Section 6-29-900 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina.

Application Procedure

General applications must be completed and submitted not later than 4:30 PM 14 days prior to the meeting date at which the application will be reviewed.

An Application Check-In Conference is recommended for all applications to determine whether the application meets the minimum requirements for acceptance. Application Check-In Conferences must be scheduled by appointment with the Community Development Department staff.