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James Island to decide future of town's murals

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

The Town of James Island will hold a public hearing Thursday at 7 pm regarding proposed changes for regulating town murals.

Two amendments will be considered Thursday.

Both permit murals on exterior building walls when included in the number and square footage requirements set by the wall and sign zoning.

However, one proposed amendment would allow the town’s planning director to approve and regulate additional murals at the director’s discretion while the second amendment requires added murals be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Previous regulation pertaining to murals has been “unclear,” according to James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey, and left to broad interpretation based on the town’s sign regulations.

“This will clarify the ordinance,” Woolsey said.

Woolsey said the appeal process would be applicable under both proposed amendments.

The Planning Commission previously voted 3 to 1 in favor of the planning director handling oversight of murals.

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