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Charleston County Zoning and Land Development Regulations Ordinance,
Adopted November 20, 2001
Amended: July 18, 2006, January 9, 2007, March 4, 2008, June 17, 2008, August 11, 2009, May 4, 2010, October 19, 2010, December 7, 2010, December 16, 2010, April 19, 2011, October 11, 2011, November 15, 2011, April 24, 2012, May 8, 2012, November 20, 2012, March 26, 2013, December 19, 2013, January 30, 2014, March 25, 2014, April 8, 2014, April 22, 2014, May 20, 2014 and June 17, 2014

 

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Table Of Contents
 
CHAPTER 1 │ INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
ART. 1.1 TITLE................................................................................... 1-1
ART. 1.2 AUTHORITY........................................................................ 1-1
ART. 1.3 EFFECTIVE DATE........................................................... 1-1
ART. 1.4 APPLICABILITY AND JURISDICTION............................ 1-1
ART. 1.5 PURPOSE AND INTENT................................................. 1-2
ART. 1.6 COMMENTARY................................................................. 1-3
ART. 1.7 WORD USAGE AND CONSTRUCTION OF LANGUAGE. 1-3
ART. 1.8 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS............................................. 1-4
ART. 1.9 CONFLICTING PROVISIONS........................................... 1-4
ART. 1.10 ZONING MAP...................................................................... 1-5
ART. 1.11 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS......................................... 1-7
ART. 1.12 SEVERABILITY................................................................... 1-8
   
CHAPTER 2 │ REVIEW AND DECISION-MAKING BODIES
ART. 2.1 COUNTY COUNCIL............................................................ 2-1
ART. 2.2 PLANNING COMMISSION................................................. 2-1
ART. 2.3 BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS........................................ 2-2
ART. 2.4 PLANNING DIRECTOR....................................................... 2-3
   
CHAPTER 3 │ DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCEDURES
ART. 3.1 GENERAL............................................................................. 3-1
ART. 3.2 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS..................... 3-7
ART. 3.3 ZONING AND LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS REGULATIONS TEXT AMENDMENTS............................. 3-9
ART. 3.4 ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS [REZONINGS].................. 3-11
ART. 3.5 PD, PLANNED DEVELOPMENT ZONING DISTRICT .... 3-13
ART. 3.6 SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS...................................................... 3-13
ART. 3.7 SITE PLAN REVIEW............................................................. 3-16
ART. 3.8 ZONING PERMITS................................................................. 3-17
ART. 3.9 CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY..................................... 3-22
ART. 3.10 ZONING VARIANCES........................................................... 3-23
ART. 3.11 WRITTEN INTERPRETATIONS........................................... 3-26
ART. 3.12 PUBLIC PROJECT REVIEW............................................... 3-27
ART. 3.13 APPEALS OF ZONING-RELATED ADMINISTRATIVE
DECISIONS............................................................................
3-28
ART. 3.14 APPEALS OF SUBDIVISION-RELATED ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS............................................................................ 3-30
ART. 3.15 ADDRESSING AND STREET NAMES........................... 3-31
ART. 3.16 DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS.................................... 3-32
ART. 3.17 DEVELOPMENTS OF COUNTY SIGNIFICANCE.............. 3-32
   
CHAPTER 4 │BASE ZONING DISTRICTS
ART. 4.1 GENERAL.................................................................................. 4-1
ART. 4.2 MEASUREMENTS, COMPUTATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS... 4-2
ART. 4.3 RM, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT......... 4-7
ART. 4.4 AG-15, AGRICULTURAL PRESERVATION DISTRICT...... 4-8
ART. 4.5 AG-10, AGRICULTURAL PRESERVATION DISTRICT...... 4-9
ART. 4.6 AG-8, AGRICULTURAL PRESERVATION DISTRICT........ 4-10
ART. 4.7 AGR, AGRICULTURAL/RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT ............. 4-11
ART. 4.8 RR-3, RURAL RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT .............................. 4-13
ART. 4.9 S-3, SPECIAL MANAGEMENT DISTRICT......................... 4-14
ART. 4.10 R-4, SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT............... 4-15
ART. 4.11 M-8, MIXED STYLE RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT................. 4-16
ART. 4.12 M-12, MIXED STYLE RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.............................. 4-17
ART. 4.13 MHS, LOW DENSITY MANUFACTURED HOUSING DISTRICT....... 4-18
ART. 4.14 MHP, MANUFACTURED HOUSING PARK DISTRICT...... 4-19
ART. 4.15 OR, RESIDENTIAL OFFICE DISTRICT................................ 4-21
ART. 4.16 OG, GENERAL OFFICE DISTRICT...................................... 4-23
ART. 4.17 CN, NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT............. 4-24
ART. 4.18 CT, COMMERCIAL TRANSITION DISTRICT........................ 4-25
ART. 4.19 CR, RURAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.............................. 4-26
ART. 4.20 CC, COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT........................ 4-27
ART. 4.21 I, INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT.......................................................... 4-28
ART. 4.22 WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS................. 4-29
ART. 4.23 PD, PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT....................... 4-31
   
CHAPTER 5 │ OVERLAY AND SPECIAL PURPOSE ZONING DISTRICTS
ART. 5.1 GENERAL..................................................................................................................... 5-1
ART. 5.2 NRM, NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT................................... 5-2
ART. 5.3 WDU, WATER-DEPENDENT USE DISTRICT....................................................... 5-3
ART. 5.4 MHC-O, MAYBANK HIGHWAY CORRIDOR OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT... 5-9
ART. 5.5 MP-O, MOUNT PLEASANT OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT................................. 5-12
ART. 5.6 FRC-O, FOLLY ROAD CORRIDOR OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT................... 5-32
ART. 5.7 DRC-O, DORCHESTER ROAD CORRIDOR & ASHLEY RIVER CORRIDOR OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT.....
5-40
ART. 5.8 MU-O, MULTIPLE USE OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT........................................ 5-46
ART. 5.9 UB-O UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT..................... 5-58
ART. 5.10 17N-O, HIGHWAY 17 NORTH CORRIDOR OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT.....................................................................................................................
5-62
ART. 5.11 ST ANDREWS AREA OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT .......................................... 5-78
CHAPTER 5 MAPS ..................................................................................................... 5-82
MAYBANK HIGHWAY CORRIDOR OVERLAY DISTRICT............................ 5-83
MOUNT PLEASANT OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT....................................... 5-84
             SWEETGRASS BASKET STAND SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AREA. 5-85
             HUNGRYNECK BOULEVARD-VENNING ROAD OVERLAY AREA...... 5-86
FOLLY ROAD CORRIDOR OVERLAY DISTRICT.................................................. 5-87
               NORTH VILLAGE AREA.............................................................................. 5-88
               COMMERCIAL AREA................................................................................... 5-89
               SOUTH VILLAGE AREA.............................................................................. 5-90
               NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION AREA.............................................. 5-91
               CONSERVATION AREA............................................................................... 5-92
DORCHESTER ROAD CORRIDOR AND ASHLEY SCENIC CORRIDOR OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICTS............................................................................... 5-93
UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT................................ 5-94
HIGHWAY 17 NORTH CORRIDOR OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT MAPS  
             BUSINESS/SERVICE NODES .................................................................... 5-95
             10-MILE NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS/SERVICE NODE..................... 5-96
             SEEWEE ROAD BUSINESS/SERVICE NODE ........................................ 5-97
             AWENDAW TOWN CENTER BUSINESS/SERVICE NODE................... 5-98
             NORTHERN DOAR ROAD UTILITIES/CONVENIENCE CENTER
             NODE AND STEED CREEK ROAD TRANSIT NODE..............................
5-99
             MCCLELLANVILLE HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT...................... 5-100
ST. ANDREWS AREA OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT.......................................... 5-101
   
CHAPTER 6 │ USE REGULATIONS
ART. 6.1 USE TABLE.................................................................................................................. 6-1
ART. 6.2 DEFINITIONS............................................................................................................... 6-1
ART. 6.3 USE TYPES.................................................................................................................. 6-1
ART. 6.4 USE CONDITIONS..................................................................................................... 6-17
SEC.6.4.1     Animal Production and Agricultural Processing ........................... 6-17
SEC.6.4.2     Attached Single Family Dwellings.................................................... 6-17
SEC.6.4.3     Hair, Nail or Skin Care Services ...................................................... 6-18
SEC.6.4.4     Bed and Breakfasts ........................................................................... 6-18
SEC.6.4.5     Communication Towers.................................................................... 6-19
SEC.6.4.6     Drive-In Theaters..................................................................... 6-19
SEC.6.4.7     Dwelling Groups...................................................................... 6-25
SEC.6.4.8     Limited Retirement Housing .................................................... 6-27
SEC.6.4.9     Farm Labor Housing............................................................... 6-27
SEC.6.4.10   Nature Exhibitions .................................................................. 6-27
SEC.6.4.11   Parks, Rec, and Outdoor Rec/Entertainment............................ 6-28
SEC.6.4.12   RV Parks................................................................................ 6-28
SEC.6.4.13   Religious Assembly ................................................................. 6-29
SEC.6.4.14   Resource Extraction ............................................................... 6-29
SEC.6.4.15   Restaurants, Bars, & Lounges with Alcohol ............................ 6-30
SEC.6.4.16   Self-Service Storage Facility.................................................... 6-30
SEC.6.4.17   Sewage Disposal Facilities...................................................... 6-31
SEC.6.4.18   Sexually Oriented Business...................................................... 6-31
SEC.6.4.19   Single Family Detached Affordable Housing............................ 6-49
SEC.6.4.20   Stable.................................................................................... 6-50
SEC.6.4.21   Utility Substations.................................................................. 6-50
SEC.6.4.22   Limited Vehicle Service ........................................................ 6-50
SEC.6.4.23   Bona Fide Forestry Operations............................................. 6-50
SEC.6.4.24   Manufactured Housing Units ................................................ 6-51
SEC.6.4.25   Dwelling Units in Nonresidential Districts............................... 6-51
SEC.6.4.26   Personal Improvement Education.......................................... 6-52
SEC.6.4.27   Historical Site ...................................................................... 6-52
SEC.6.4.28   U.S. Postal Service ............................................................ 6-52
SEC.6.4.29   Adult or Child Day Care Facility........................................... 6-52
SEC.6.4.30   Indoor Recreation or Entertainment....................................... 6-52
SEC.6.4.31   Minor Utility Service............................................................. 6-52
SEC.6.4.32   Pet Services ....................................................................... 6-52
SEC.6.4.33   Banks and Financial Services............................................... 6-53
SEC.6.4.34   Catering Service.................................................................. 6-53
SEC.6.4.35   Admin, Business, Gov’t, & Professional Office ................... 6-53
SEC.6.4.36   Special Trade Contractors.................................................. 6-53
SEC.6.4.37   Parking Lots ...................................................................... 6-53
SEC.6.4.38   Consumer Goods Rental Service ....................................... 6-53
SEC.6.4.39   Boat Yard ........................................................................ 6-53
SEC.6.4.40   Consumer Repair Service ................................................. 6-54
SEC.6.4.41   Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers....................................... 6-54
SEC.6.4.42   Bldg Materials, Garden Equip & Supplies Dealers.............. 6-54
SEC.6.4.43   Food Sales........................................................................ 6-54
SEC.6.4.44   General Retail Sales or Service.......................................... 6-54
SEC.6.4.45   Gasoline Service Station .................................................. 6-54
SEC.6.4.46   Consumer Convenience Services ..................................... 6-54
SEC.6.4.47   Personal Improvement Services......................................... 6-54
SEC.6.4.48   Services to Buildings or Dwellings ....................................... 6-55
SEC.6.4.49   Freight Forwarding Facilities................................................. 6-55
SEC.6.4.50   Golf Courses ..................................................................... 6-55
SEC.6.4.51   Solid Waste Disposal Facility........................................... 6-60
SEC.6.4.52   Container Storage Facilities............................................... 6-60
SEC.6.4.53   Cemeteries........................................................................ 6-61
SEC.6.4.54   Kennel.............................................................................. 6-62
SEC.6.4.55   Drop-Off Recycling Collection.......................................... 6-62
SEC.6.4.56    Airports, Heliports & Other Aircraft Facilities...................... 6-62
SEC.6.4.57   Specialized Manufacturing .................................................... 6-62
SEC.6.4.58   Sweetgrass Basket Stands.................................................... 6-62
SEC.6.4.59   Tattoo Facilities ................................................................... 6-62
SEC.6.4.60   Wineries ............................................................................ 6-63
SEC.6.4.61   Short-Term Lenders .......................................................... 6-64
SEC.6.4.62   Microbreweries.................................................................. 6-64
ART. 6.5 ACCESSORY USES AND STRUCTURES............................................ 6-64
SEC.6.5.2     Time Establishment.............................................................. 6-65
SEC.6.5.3     Residential Accessory Uses ............................................... 6-65
SEC.6.5.4     Agricultural Accessory Uses............................................... 6-66
SEC.6.5.5     Commercial & Industrial Accessory Uses .......................... 6-66
SEC.6.5.6     Accessory Retail Sales and Personal Services.................... 6-67
SEC.6.5.7     Institutional & Civic Accessory Uses.................................. 6-67
SEC.6.5.8    Accessory Structures in Residential/OR Districts.................. 6-67
SEC.6.5.9    Accessory Dwelling Units .................................................. 6-68
SEC.6.5.10  Manufactured Housing Units ............................................ 6-68
SEC.6.5.11   Home Occupations.......................................................... 6-69
SEC.6.5.12   Animals ......................................................................... 6-72
SEC.6.5.13   Accessory Storage of Major Rec Equipment .................... 6-72
SEC.6.5.14   Storage & Repair of Inoperable Motor Vehicles................ 6-72
SEC.6.5.15   Storage & Parking of Heavy Commercial Vehicles............ 6-73
SEC.6.5.16   Vehicle Sales ................................................................... 6-73
SEC.6.5.17   Temporary Portable Storage Units .................................. 6-73
SEC.6.5.18   Permanent Storage Units ................................................ 6-74
SEC.6.5.19   Solar Collectors.............................................................. 6-76
ART. 6.6 TEMPORARY USES........................................................................ 6-76
SEC.6.6.2    Temporary Sales .......................................................... 6-77
SEC.6.6.3    Sale of Indigenous Produce .......................................... 6-78
SEC.6.6.4    Construction Facilities .................................................. 6-78
ART. 6.7 SPECIAL EVENTS USE................................................................. 6-78
   
CHAPTER 7 FBZD, FORM-BASED ZONING DISTRICT
ART. 7.1 INTRODUCTION............................................................................ 7-1
ART. 7.2 FBZD PROCEDURES .................................................................... 7-10
ART. 7.3 REGIONAL SCALE PLANNING: SECTORS AND SETTLEMENTS ...... 7-26
ART. 7.4 COMMUNITY SCALE PLANNING: COMMUNITY UNITS ..................................... 7-33
ART. 7.5 BUILDING SCALE PLANNING - REQUIREMENTS ..................... 7-72
ART. 7.6 DEFINITIONS.................................................................................... 7-85
   
CHAPTER 8 │ SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS
ART. 8.1 GENERAL............................................................................... 8-1
ART. 8.2 PRE-APPLICATION INFORMATION................................... 8-4
ART. 8.3 MINOR AND MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS................................ 8-4
ART. 8.4 PRELIMINARY PLAT............................................................ 8-7
ART. 8.5 FINAL PLATS........................................................................ 8-13
ART. 8.6 MARKERS............................................................................. 8-18
ART. 8.7 LOTS....................................................................................... 8-18
ART. 8.8 TREE PRESERVATION....................................................... 8-21
ART. 8.9 TREES, SHRUBS, AND PAVEMENT................................ 8-21
ART. 8.10 PEDESTRIAN WAY............................................................... 8-22
ART. 8.11 STREET NAMES, STREET SIGNS..................................... 8-23
ART. 8.12 UNDERGROUND UTILITIES AND SERVICES.................. 8-24
ART. 8.13 WATER SUPPLY AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL.................. 8-24
ART. 8.14 FINANCIAL GUARANTEES (SURETY).............................. 8-24
ART. 8.15 RR-3 CONSERVATION SUBDIVISION.................................... 8-25
   
CHAPTER 9 │ DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS
ART. 9.1 PURPOSE AND INTENT..................................................... 9-1
ART. 9.2 APPLICABILITY..................................................................... 9-1
ART. 9.3 OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING ......................... 9-1
ART. 9.4 TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION.................... 9-15
ART. 9.5 LANDSCAPING, SCREENING AND BUFFERS................ 9-23
ART. 9.6 ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN STANDARDS..........
9-35
ART. 9.7 WETLANDS, WATERWAYS AND OCRM CRITICAL LINE... 9-40
ART. 9.8 HISTORIC PRESERVATION................................................. 9-42
ART. 9.9 TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDIES................................................. 9-42
ART. 9.10 VISION CLEARANCE............................................................. 9-45
ART. 9.11 SIGNS....................................................................................... 9-45
ART. 9.12 DRAINAGE DESIGN.............................................................. 9-57
  CHAPTER 9 EXHIBITS............................................................ 9-58
     
CHAPTER 10 │ NONCONFORMITIES
ART. 10.1 GENERAL................................................................................ 10-1
ART. 10.2 NONCONFORMING USES................................................... 10-2
ART. 10.3 NONCONFORMING STRUCTURES................................... 10-3
ART. 10.4 NONCONFORMING LOTS................................................... 10-4
ART. 10.5 NONCONFORMING SIGNS.................................................. 10-5
   
CHAPTER 11 │ VIOLATIONS, PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT
ART. 11.1 ORDINANCE COMPLIANCE REQUIRED.......................... 11-1
ART. 11.2 VIOLATIONS............................................................................ 11-1
ART. 11.3 ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITY, COMPLAINTS......... 11-2
ART. 11.4 REMEDIES AND ENFORCEMENT POWERS................... 11-2
ART. 11.5 PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS................................. 11-3
ART. 11.6 TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION VIOLATIONS ... 11-3
ART. 11.7 SIGN VIOLATIONS................................................................... 11-5
ART. 11.8 VIOLATIONS CONTINUES..................................................... 11-5
ART. 11.9 OTHER ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS..................................... 11-5
ART. 11.10 DERELICT MANUFACTURED HOMES.................................. 11-6
     
CHAPTER 12 │ DEFINITIONS
ART. 12.1 TERMS AND USES DEFINED.............................................. 12-1
ART. 12.2 INTERPRETATION................................................................... 12-42
   
Appendix A* Standard Specifications for the Design and Construction of Roads and Drainage System......              A-1
 


 

   

 

 

                    

                    

 

 







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