Myrtle Beach's Comprehensive Plan

Myrtle Beach's Comprehensive Plan serves as a guidebook for the city's development, improvement and growth during a 20-year period.  The current plan was adopted by City Council on February 8, 2011, following a two-year re-write which featured input from residents, business owners and public agencies. 

2011 Comprehensive Plan (PDF)

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If you prefer, a printed copy of the Comprehensive Plan or the Annual Report is available at the Myrtle Beach City Hall, 937 Broadway.  For more information, please contact the Planning Department at 843-918-1050.

State law requires that the basic planning process for the Comprehensive Plan include an inventory of existing conditions, a statement of needs and goals, and implementation strategies with time frames.  A local comprehensive plan must include, but not be limited to, the following planning elements:

  • A Population Element which considers historic trends and projects, household numbers and sizes, educational levels, and income characteristics;

  • An Economic Development Element which considers labor force and labor force characteristics, employment by place of work and residence, and analysis of the economic base;

  • A Natural Resources Element which considers coastal resources, slope characteristics, prime agricultural and forest land, plant and animal habitats, parks and recreation areas, scenic views and sites, wetlands, and soil types;

  • A Cultural Resources Element which considers historic buildings and structures, commercial districts, residential districts, unique natural, or scenic resources, archaeological, and other cultural resources;

  • A Community Facilities Element which considers water supply, treatment, and distribution; sewage system and wastewater treatment; solid waste collection and disposal; fire protection, emergency medical services, and general government facilities; education facilities; and libraries and other cultural facilities;

  • A Housing Element which considers location, types, age, and condition of housing; owner and renter occupancy, and affordability of housing.  This element includes an analysis to determine nonessential housing regulatory requirements that add to the cost of developing affordable housing but are not necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare and an analysis of market-based incentives that may be made available to encourage development of affordable housing;

  • A Land Use Element which considers existing and future land uses by categories, including residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, forestry, mining, public and quasi-public, recreation, parks, open space, and vacant or undeveloped;

  • A Transportation Element that considers transportation facilities, including major road improvements, new road construction, transit projects, pedestrian and bicycle projects, and other element of a transportation network.  This element must be developed in coordination with the land use element, to ensure transportation efficiency for existing and planned development;

  • A Priority Investment Element that analyzes the likely federal, state, and local funds available for public infrastructure and facilities during the next ten years, and recommends projects for expenditure of those funds during the next ten years for needed public infrastructure and facilities.  The recommendation of these projects must be coordinated with adjacent and relevant jurisdictions and agencies.

  • A Neighborhoods Element was added by the City which includes the residential and business communities input during the Working to Improve Neighborhood (WIN) process which took place in 2006.

The 1999 Comprehensive Plan
For reference, the 1999 Comprehensive Plan is included here, since it provides a wealth of detail about the city's goals and objectives, both short-term and long-term. Many of its policies and plans were adopted.

Section C.  Existing Conditions -- Neighborhoods

A + B.  Background and Issues (PDF)
C.  Setting (PDF)
D.  Building Conditions (PDF)
E.  Community Facilities (PDF)
Section D.  Neighborhoods Element (PDF)
Section D.  Cultural Resources Element (PDF)
Section D.  Land Use Element (PDF)
Section D.  Implementation Element (PDF)
Section E.  Summary Table of Objectives and Strategies (PDF)