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The Beaufort Code

The new Beaufort Code is an update of the Unified Development Ordinance. The most recent draft was published April 25, 2017 and was based on the Final Metropolitan Planning Commission recommendation for code approval. Several additional recommendations were determined at the April 24, 2017 MPC Meeting and are incorporated into the April 25 Draft. The MPC also had 3 procedural recommendations which are listed in the sheets below.

Download the MPC Final Recommendations Code Draft - April 25, 2017 Code Draft

  • View a list of MPC Recommended CHANGES that were incorporated into the April 25, 2017 Code Draft
    • The changes between the April 24 Draft and April 25 Draft are as follows (these are also documented in the lists of changes above):
      • 1.3.3.B.1 - The City Attorney recommended the addition of the second sentence of this paragraph; this was done after the formal MPC recommendation, but was incorporated into the code. It is highlighted in blue for clarity.
      • 2.7.4 - MCAS attorney requested that AICUZ language be clarified to match current UDO particularly regarding residential development in noise zones
      • 2.7.5 - The MPC had previously made us aware that the Beaufort County Airport Overlay District standards were not brought forward into the Beaufort Code. These were added to the April 25 version. This occurred after the formal Recommendation, but was based on a previous recommendation. The language added was coordinated with Beaufort County.
      • 10.5.1 - MPC recommends that the definition of administrator be defined to name the Planning Director; use verbiage from existing UDO.
  • View a list of ALL MPC Recommendations discussed during the 8 work sessions that occurred during March and April. This list is based on the unresolved public comments list.

*reviewer notes: highlighted text indicates a change or addition based on the MPC recommendations; red striken-through text indicates text that was removed based on the MPC recommendations; blue highlight indicates a change or addition after the MPC formal recommendation (only one in 1.3.3.B.1); [bracketed italic text] indicates references to the existing UDO - these will be removed in the final version.

Download the April 24, 2017 Zoning Map Draft

View  list of Public  Comments updated on February 27, 2017 along with how those comments were addressed in the most recent Code Update.

View a Summary of Changes to the code between the May 9, 2017 and January 26, 2017 Drafts

For previous Public Comments, and previous code drafts view the Downloads. page.

Review Process:

The Metropolitan Planning Commission has been conducting special worksessions to review the code and all public comments in depth. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Metropolitan Planning Commission Meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 20 at 5:30pm - 10 Minute Overview at the regularly-scheduled meeting
  • Thursday, March 2 at 4pm - Special Work Session #1
  • Tuesday, March 7 at 4pm - Special Work Session #2
  • Thursday, March 9 at 4pm - Special Work Session #3
  • Monday, March 13 at 4pm - Special Work Session #4
  • Thursday, March 29 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #5
  • Monday, April 3 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #6
  • Tuesday, April 4 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #7
  • Thursday, April 20 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #8 (if needed)
  • Monday, April 24 at 5:30 pm - Regular Meeting - Code Draft dated April 24, 2017 received a formal recommendation

 The City Council process will begin on Tuesday, April 25; the schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm - Public Hearing
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 5pm - Special Work Session
  • Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm - Public Hearing
  • the remainder of the meetings are TBD
  • Tuesday, May 16 at approximately 6:30pm - Special Work Session - this is in place of the regularly-scheduled RDC meeting and will be a continuation of the regularly-scheduled council worksession

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Give us your Comments: This form (in the link at right) will help keep all of the comments organized and ensure that none are missed during the process. All comments will be coordinated by City staff and reported to committee members on a weekly basis. If you are unable to use the form please send us an email or call our office with your comment - 843-525-7014.

Public Review Schedule:

*all meetings are at City Hall - 1911 Boundary Street

Public Information Meetings held in 2017:

  • Monday, Feb. 13 at 5:30pm ­­- Public Meeting
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10am - Developer-Specific Public Meeting
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10am - Public Meeting at the regularly-scheduled Neighborhood Improvement Team Meeting
  • Monday, Feb. 20 at 2pm - Public Meeting
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30pm - Public Meeting

Metropolitan Planning Commission Meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 20 at 5:30pm - 10 Minute Overview at the regularly-scheduled meeting
  • Thursday, March 2 at 4pm - Special Work Session #1
  • Tuesday, March 7 at 4pm - Special Work Session #2
  • Thursday, March 9 at 4pm - Special Work Session #3
  • Monday, March 13 at 4pm - Special Work Session #4
  • Thursday, March 29 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #5
  • Monday, April 3 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #6
  • Tuesday, April 4 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #7
  • Thursday, April 20 at 3:30pm - Special Work Session #8 (if needed)
  • Monday, April 24 at 5:30 pm - Regular Meeting

Technical Review Committee:

A review committee, comprised of the following members of the City's various Boards and Commissions, met 9 times at the start of the code process. No further meetings are scheduled, however the committee may be consulted as questions from the public arise.

  • Metropolitan Planning Commission - Bill Harris & Tim Rentz
  • Historic Review Board - Joel Newman
  • Design Review Board - Brian Franklin
  • Zoning Board of Appeals - Joe Noll
  • Redevelopment Commission - Jon Verity
  • City Council - Councilman George O'Kelley, Councilman Phil Cromer