Planning Commission


There is currently is one vacancy on the Planning Commission.  If you are interested in serving on this board submit a completed application to

The Planning Commission is a statutory committee consisting of 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. Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected from the membership. 

If you are interested in serving on this commission, you may submit an application at any time. Click here to view/print the application.

For more information about this commission, call the Planning, Building & Zoning Department at 843.913.6341 or send an email message to


Member Name       Term of Service
Sammy Truett, Chairman       05/14/2019 to 05/14/2023
Melodye Lane Laveglia       05/14/2019 to 05/14/2023
Michael Pesce       05/14/2019 to 05/14/2023
Mary Ellen Abrams       01/28/2020 to 01/28/2024
William (Bill) Kinken      
    01/28/2020 to 01/28/2024
Scott Von Buseck       06/25/2019 to 06/25/2023
Dusty McCracken       09/28/2021 to 09/28/2025



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. New members are required to complete six hours of state mandated training within the first year (some exemptions apply) and then three hours of education  are required annually.  Training costs are paid by the town.

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 this website (see below.)

Surfside Beach Comprehensive Plan 2013-2022


Meeting Agendas and Minutes


1/4/2022 canceled    
12/7/2021 canceled    
11/2/2021 canceled    
10/18/2021 PDF Video  
9/7/2021 PDF Video  
8/3/2021 PDF Video  
7/6/2021 PDF Video  
6/15/2021 PDF Video  
5/4/2021 PDF Video  
4/6/2021 canceled    
3/2/2021 PDF    
2/2/2021 canceled    
1/3/2021 canceled    
11-09-2020 PDF Audio PowerPoint Presentation



  Zoning Map
08-04-2020 Canceled    
07-07-2020 PDF - Postponed  

Revised Agenda

01-14-2020 Minutes

06-02-2020 PDF PDF

Parking Chart

Use Chart

Public Comments

05-05-2020 Canceled    
04-07-2020 PDF PDF Public Comments
03-09-2020 Canceled    
02-04-2020 PDF PDF  
01-14-2020 PDF PDF  
12-03-2019 PDF PDF  All discussion items deferred
11-04-2019 Canceled    
10-01-2019 Canceled    

09-10-2019 Public Hearing and Regular Meeting

PDF PDF PowerPoint Presentation

08-06-2019 Public Hearing and Regular Meeting

07-02-2019 Public Hearing and Regular Meeting PDF PDF PowerPoint & Handouts
06-24-2019 Workshop PDF PDF  
03-07-2019 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
02-07-2019 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
01-03-2019 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
12-04-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
11-06-2018 Regular Meeting


PDF Amended Agenda
10-11-2018 Special Meeting PDF PDF  
10-02-2018 Public Hearing and Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
09-04-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF

Stormwater Map

08-27-2018 Public Hearing - CANCELLED     Map
08-13-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF Updated Agenda
07-09-2018 Public Hearing and Regular Meeting PDF PDF

Proposed Ordinance


06-05-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF PowerPoint
05-01-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF PowerPoint
04-23-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF Entertainment District PowerPoint
03-06-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
02-15-2018 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
01-04-2018 Regular Meeting PDF Cancelled due to inclement weather  
12-05-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF Site Triangle
12-05-2017 Public Hearing PDF PDF AMENDED AGENDA
11-07-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
10-03-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
09-05-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
08-01-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF PowerPoint Presentation
07-03-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
06-06-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
05-02-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
04-04-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
03-07-2017 Regular Meeting PDF PDF  
02-23-2017 Workshop PDF PDF  
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  


Click here for Planning Commission Archives