Comprehensive Plan Update

Image of man crossing the street in a walkable community with the words Help us Plan for the FutureA Comprehensive Plan is a vital document that offers a vision for a county's future development. It considers the area's existing conditions, future goals and a general vision for what future growth and development within the county will look like over the next 10 to 20 years. Counties are required to update their Comprehensive Plans every 10 years, and Georgetown County is currently in the midst of an update.

This update has featured a variety of opportunities for the public to weigh in on the plan update, including community meetings which were held across the county and a public survey which was released in September 2021 (click to access survey results). You can also use this page to view draft documents and submit feedback online. Check back regularly for updates, or subscribe to our news alerts.

The Comprehensive Plan is a living document designed to be adaptable to changes that occur in our community over time, as well as the changing visions and goals of residents.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The Georgetown County Planning Department will host a series of community listening sessions to gather comments from residents regarding the update to the Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Residents are invited to attend any or all of the sessions and learn more about the process, as well as offer input. This element of the comprehensive plan will guide future development in Georgetown County for the next 10 years.

The next meeting will be held on: 

This meeting will contain the same information presented during the series of public information meetings in September.  No new information will be presented.  Residents who missed those meetings are invited to attend and learn more about the process, as well as offer input.  A flyer for this meeting can be downloaded here: October 5 Public Meeting Flyer (PDF)

Public Input Meetings

Georgetown County, in collaboration with consulting partners Boudreaux, Stewart, and Restoration 52, has embarked on a journey to shape the future of land use development by updating the County’s Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Over a period of three days from September 5th to September 7th, the Boudreaux team and planning staff engaged with Georgetown County residents through public open houses and focus groups to gather input on future land use recommendations. These events were the first step in the planning process and provided time to hear from the valued voices of over 325 residents and stakeholders, who provided input at the following public workshops: 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Howard Auditorium, 1610 Hawkins St., Georgetown
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Georgetown County Airport (Planning Commission Steering Committee)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4462 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet
  • Thursday, Sept. 7 at Northwest Regional Recreation Center at Choppee, 8259 Choppee Rd., Georgetown

In addition to the public open houses, the workshops included focus group meetings with various stakeholder groups. These meetings included representatives from neighborhoods, HOAs, Keep It Green, real estate developers, affordable housing providers, major employers, environmental and conservation groups, utility providers, emergency response organizations, and representatives from the small business community. Furthermore, the consulting team engaged with the Planning Commission, which is serving as the steering committee for this vital process. 

More public meetings in the form of a Land Use "Road Show" will also be held in the near future.  Please check back often for new times and dates for these upcoming events on the Land Use Element, or call the Planning Department at (843) 545-3158.

Submit Comments

Members of the public can submit comments on draft elements of the plan or what they would like future development in Georgetown County to look like using our online form.

Public Input Survey Results

A report on the results of a public input survey regarding land use that was released in the fall of 2021 can be accessed at the link below.

Survey Results

Land Use Meeting Documentation

The following PDFs contain maps, photographs, sign-in sheets, and other documentation from the aforementioned public input meetings held Sept. 5-7.  These are provided for citizens to review at their convenience.