Myrtle Beach Retail Developments Could Be Facing New Guidelines

Retailers could be facing new guidelines
Council votes down airport authority proposal for county

May 21, 2008

By Mike Cherney – Sun News

Better-looking Wal-Marts, Targets and other big-box retailers could be in store for the area after Horry County Council granted final approval to new design guidelines and regulatory requirements for such businesses in a 7-5 vote Tuesday.

In a straw poll, the council also voted 12-0 against creating an airport authority, sending a strong message to Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Myrtle Beach, and Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, who sponsored bills in the state legislature to create an authority.

The county currently runs four airports, including Myrtle Beach International Airport, as a county department and is working on expanding the passenger terminal and building a new general aviation terminal at the Myrtle Beach airport.

“If they allow this council and this staff to do their job, we will get an addition to our airport that is something that all the people in Horry County can be proud of,” said Councilman Harold Worley, who asked for the vote, of the state legislature.

But most of the meeting was spent on big-box retailers. Developers of stores more than 100,000 square feet will now have to appear before the county’s planning commission and receive approval from the council.

To get a green light, building facades could include awnings and porches. Parking lots could have more trees and be built with environmentally friendly turf.

Stores in a strip mall that includes a 100,000-square-foot store would also have to adhere to some of the design guidelines.



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