Planning Commission

Planning Commission 


The Planning Commission is a group of town residents appointed by Town Council to serve as an advisory commission for the council on a broad range of planning issues to ensure that all plans, goals and development regulations are promoting orderly and coordinated growth and development within the town. The commission plays a valuable role in shaping the town’s future by recommending regulations and changes involving zoning and subdivision activity.

The Commission is comprised of seven members. Chairperson and Vice Chairperson are selected from within the Commission by its members.



Term: 4 years

Duties: The planning and zoning commission shall have all the powers, duties and responsibilities set forth in South Carolina Act number 487 of 1967. Click here to see the complete by-laws. The planning and zoning commission shall have the power to:

  1. Prepare and revise periodically a comprehensive plan and program for development of its jurisdiction as provided in Act 487 of 1967;
  2. Prepare and recommend for adoption by the town council as a means for implementing the plan and program for the following:
    • Zoning ordinances or resolutions and maps and appropriate revisions for its jurisdiction,
    • Regulations for the subdivision of land and appropriate revisions within its jurisdiction, and administer the regulations that may be adopted as provided in Act number 467 of 1967;
  3. Prepare and recommend an official map and appropriate revisions showing the exact location of existing or proposed public street, highway and utility rights-of-way and public building sites, together with regulations to control the erection of buildings or other structures or changes in land use within such rights-of-way, building sites or open spaces within its political jurisdiction or a specified portion thereof, as set forth in Act number 467 of 1967.
  4. Prepare and recommend a capital program for its jurisdiction based on the comprehensive plan and the capital improvements necessary to implement the plan. Such a capital program shall include an annual capital budget based on estimates of the cost of proposed projects and the means of financing them. The commission shall submit the capital program, including the capitol budget, to the governing authority or authorities as directed.
  5. Establish principles and policies for guiding action in the development of the area;
  6. Prepare and recommend to the town council for adoption ordinances promoting orderly development in accordance with the comprehensive plan;
  7. Determine whether specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the comprehensive plan for the growth and improvement of the area;
  8. Review and recommend to the town council any needed changes in the zoning ordinance and the map of the town;
  9. Prepare and recommend for adoption subdivision regulations and to administer such regulations;
  10. Keep the town council and the general public informed and advised as to these matters.

Qualifications: No member of the planning commission shall be the holder of an elected public office in the town. Town residency is required. 

Meeting Schedule: Meetings are held the first Tuesday monthly, beginning at 6:00 p.m. All Planning & Zoning Commission meetings are held in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 115 US Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach, SC, unless otherwise posted. The public is invited to attend all meetings and time is allotted for public comments at every meeting. Agendas are published on our website as they become available.



Member Name Term of Service
Mary Ellen Abrams, Chairman      05/27/2014 to 05/27/2018
Sandra Elliott      07/11/2016 to 07/11/2020
Janet Gambino      05/24/2016 to 05/24/2020
Carrie Johnson      07/11/2016 to 07/11/2020
Al Lauer      04/09/2013 to 04/09/2017
Betty Lowery      03/10/2015 to 03/10/2019
Charles Seibold, Vice Chairman      08/22/2016 to 08/22/2020


Surfside Beach Comprehensive Plan 2013-2022
Meeting Information

05-02-2017 Regular Meeting PDF    
04-04-2017 Regular Meeting PDF Agenda only Listen to Meeting  
03-07-2017 Regular Meeting PDF Listen to Meeting  
02-23-2017 Workshop PDF Listen to Meeting  
02-07-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
01-17-2017 Workshop - Landscaping/Tree PDF PDF Protected, Specimen & Landmark Trees Power Point
01-03-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
12-06-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
11-1-2016 Meeting Cancelled      
10-04-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
09-06-2016 Meeting Cancelled Notice    
08-02-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
07-05-2016 Meeting Cancelled      
06-07-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
05-03-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
04-05-2016 Meeting Cancelled      
03-01-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
02-02-2016 Meeting Cancelled      
01-05-2016 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
12-01-2015 Meeting Cancelled     Public Notice
11-03-2015 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
10-06-2015 (Public Hearing) PDF PDF PDF
08-04-2015 (Regular Meeting) PDF PDF  
07-16-2015 (Regular Meeting) PDF PDF  
04-07-2015 (Regular Meeting) PDF PDF  
03-03-2015 (Regular Meeting) PDF    
02-19-2015 (Workshop)   PDF  
02-03-2015 (Regular Meeting) PDF PDF  


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