The City of Myrtle Beach has received a shout-out from FEMA in a new brochure outlining best-practices for adopting and following standard codes. Such codes address building construction, flood zones, density, setbacks, street widths, commercial vs. residential uses and more. FEMA took special note of Myrtle Beach’s internal review process for new development proposals, to be sure they meet codes and don’t cause unintentional problems in the future. Here’s what the brochure says about the city…..
“Once codes are adopted, development proposals are either reviewed and permitted by-right or are subject to review and approval by a local government to confirm they adhere to standards. As a proposal goes through technical review, various departments may review it. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the planning, emergency management, fire, police, and water and sewer departments meet to review proposals. That way, the committee can raise concerns to the expert, such as an expected increase in fire service demand due to a subdivision proposal.”
A tip of the “first in service” hat to the Construction Services and Planning and Zoning Departments for coordinating all of this work on the public’s behalf!