Board of Zoning Appeals
The Seabrook Island Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board which was established by Town Council pursuant to the requirements of the South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994 (S.C. Code of Laws Section 6-29-780 et seq).
The Board consists of five members, each of whom must be residents of the town. Board members are appointed by Town Council for a five-year term.
The Board has three specific powers, duties, and responsibilities:
The Board must give at least 15 days' public notice of all hearings in a newspaper of general circulation, as well as due notice to all parties in interest. At the hearing, any party may appear in person, or be represented by an agent or attorney.
In exercising its powers, the Board may reverse or affirm, wholly or in part, or may modify the order, requirements, decision, or determination, and to that end, has all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken and may issue or direct the issuance of a permit. The Board, in the execution of its duties, may subpoena witnesses and, in case of contempt, may certify this fact to the circuit court having jurisdiction.
The Board must issue a decision on all appeals and requests within a reasonable time. All final decisions and orders of the board must be in writing and be permanently filed as a public record. All findings of fact and conclusions of law must be separately stated in final decisions or orders of the board and must be delivered to parties of interest by certified mail.
Any person having substantial interest in a decision of the Board or an officer or agent of the town may appeal the Board's decision to the circuit court for Charleston County by filing with the Clerk of Court a written petition setting forth plainly, fully, and distinctly why the decision is contrary to law. The appeal must be filed within thirty days after the decision of the board is mailed.
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Walter Sewell, Chair
John Fox, Vice Chair