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Horry County Council gets Imagine 2040 right, looks to fix CFA loophole

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Imagine 2040 is now a law. Residents, county-wide, approved of last night’s vote by Horry County Council.

Imagine 2040 took two years of planning and debates. Constant, ongoing pressure from powerful land developers did not stop the plan from passing.

As MyrtleBeachSC news published last month, Coastal Carolina University teamed up with land developers and monied interests from the City of Myrtle Beach to form “The Institute for Principled Development.”

Coastal Carolina University is still committed to launching this industry funded institute.

Developers hope to leverage the institute to publicly challenge the voices of residents and flood families.

Developers asked Horry County Council, at last night’s meeting, to ensure that Imagine 2040 remained flexible enough for their needs.

We are the elected officials,” said Horry County Councilman Dennis Disabato. “We are the only ones that are answerable to the voting public. The final decision making authority on these types of decisions should rest with us and not with planning commission or staff.

Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner stated he believed Imagine 2040 was a step in the right direction.

Gardner committed to next addressing the loophole in CFA zoning as well. MyrtleBeachSC news reported on CFA just this week:

Two hundred flood families have signed a petition asking Horry County Council to fix a loophole in a “commercial, forestry and agriculture” zoning designation.

Developers are using that loophole to build small lot sized homes under the multi-family units component of the zoning.

Flood families are asking council to remove multi-family units from the CFA zoning category entirely before more rural developments are approved.



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