City passes resolution in support of I-73 completion
By Pat Dowling|
During the Aug. 1 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance to adopt the International Building Code. Standard codes relating to the regulation of construction activities are typically revised every three years.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Land Development Regulations, of the city’s Code of Ordinances. The text amendment to the Land Development Regulations clarifies the process by which private streets may be converted to public streets. Prior to the amendment, the Land Development Regulations addressed construction and acceptance of new public streets, but were silent with respect to the conversion of existing private streets.
To protect the city’s financial posture, a procedure for evaluation of these streets is now in effect, requiring maintenance bonds or other measures to bring the streets into an acceptable condition. The condition of such streets will be evaluated by the public works department and, if immediate maintenance or retrofitting of the streets or drainage systems is required, the department will come up with a cost estimate for that work. Then a resolution to convert the private streets to public streets will be considered by City Council, with a recommendation by public works that a maintenance fee be paid in advance. Council will decide whether to assess the fee and/or accept the streets.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the Zoning Text Amendment as it pertains to the Main Street Priority Investment Activity Center overlay concerning required parking.
Council tabled until its Aug. 15 meeting second reading of an ordinance to petition rezoning of one lot approximately 6.4 acres in size located on Main Street from HC (Highway Commercial) to PDD (Planned Development District).
Council denied first reading of an ordinance to amend the zoning maps to apply the R-1H (Historic Low Density) overlay zone to three lots located at 519 and 521 21st Avenue North.
Council denied first reading of an ordinance to rezone one lot located at the corner of 33rd Avenue South and Wiley Drive from R-1 (Single Family Residential Low-Density) to NC (Neighborhood Commercial).
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to annex and zone one lot located in the Riverside Campground Subdivision. The subject area is identified as Low Density Residential on the Future Land Use Map, which recommends zoning designations of R-1, R-1A and R-18. The proposed zoning designation, R-1, is a recommended zoning district for the subject area.
The property is contiguous to the city limits and is zoned MSF 10 (Single-Family Residential) under Horry County’s jurisdiction. The property is located on Lot 2 within the Riverside Campground Subdivision off Little River Neck Road and occupied by an existing detached single-family house. Surrounding land uses are vacant (Esperanza PDD within North Myrtle Beach’s jurisdiction), Fire Station #4 (within North Myrtle Beach’s jurisdiction) and single-family residential homes (within both jurisdictions). If annexed, the subject area would be designated as R-1 (Single Family, Low-Density Residential).
Council passed a resolution in support of the completion of the I-73 Corridor in South Carolina. The resolution includes the statement that the North Myrtle Beach City Council “does hereby resolve and reaffirm its unwavering support for I-73 and desire for the U S. Army Corps of Engineers to promptly issue a construction permit enabling I-73, a Pathway of Progress for South Carolina, to finally become a reality.”
A study performed by Coastal Carolina University projects that during the construction of I-73 7,700 new jobs would be created; and a study performed by Chmura Economics & Analytics estimates that the completed roadway would result in the creation of 22,300 new jobs.
Council passed a resolution approving a $1.8 million letter of credit for Spoils Basin #320. On May 16, 2016, the city entered into an agreement with Horry County in order to use its Spoils Basin #320 for temporary storage of material dredged during the Cherry Grove dredging project. The agreement requires the city to provide a letter of credit to the county in the amount of $1.8 million 30 days prior to the initial disposal of material into the basin.
Since the project has moved forward and the assessment district has been established, dredging bids have been received, and financing has been obtained, it is time to acquire the letter of credit. NBSC has agreed to provide the city with the letter of credit for one-quarter percent. The Council resolution was required for the bank to issue the letter of credit.
Council passed a resolution approving an agreement to provide law enforcement assistance to the l5th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit. The city has been providing police officers to the l5th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit for several years for the purpose of enforcing laws throughout the county which prohibit criminal activity related to unlawful drugs and controlled substances. The resolution authorizes the city manager to sign the agreement.
City Council members informally discussed the potential for holding a referendum on a one percent sales tax for out of area tourism marketing. A referendum would give North Myrtle Beach voters the opportunity to decide whether or not they want such a tax. Council members decided that it would be appropriate for the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce to request a referendum in a letter to City Council, if that is an objective the organization wants to pursue. In May, the Chamber had requested by letter that City Council vote by supermajority to enact the one cent sales tax immediately, but Council elected not to do so.
North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce President Marc Jordan was in attendance at the meeting and told Council that he would bring the idea of a referendum back to his board of directors for discussion.
City Council members also informally discussed the potential for adding protections for heritage trees to the city’s tree ordinance. Council asked staff to compare North Myrtle Beach’s heritage tree requirements with those of other cities and to return to Council with that information.