Hilton Head Streamlines Commercial Permitting Process


Getting a permit from the Town of Hilton Head Island for new commercial development can be a daunting process — one in which clients often discover hurdles that cause delays, a local land-planner says.

Todd Theodore of landscape architectural firm Wood + Partners and others hope changes the town is making to streamline the permitting process will make redevelopment easier, faster and more predictable.

“Hilton Head is an aging community, and there are lots of opportunities to reinvest in a lot of areas,” Theodore said. “Anything the town can do to make that investment easier is good for the community.”

Town staff has worked for six months to simplify commercial permitting after gathering input from more than 60 people, including architects, land planners, attorneys and developers. Planning commissioner Terry Ennis and Palmetto Hall resident Robert Gentzler, who have worked together as consultants to help businesses simplify their operations, were also involved.


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