Folly Beach passes 90-day moratorium on new construction

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 4:54 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 7:45 PM EST
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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach is stopping all new construction for three months. City council passed a 90-day moratorium during a Tuesday afternoon meeting.

Mayor Tim Goodwin said the goal of the moratorium is to give city leaders time to work through new zoning laws for the downtown area.

Goodwin says buildings downtown are capped at three stories but city leaders are discussing adding an amendment to include rooftop bars as one of those stories. All rooftop bars already built above the third story, will be able to continue service.

Goodwin also says the proposed zoning changes would require that all new buildings designate the first floor to commercial space, even if they are planning to build housing on the top floors.

“We’re trying to create more commercial space,” Goodwin said. “If somebody wants to open a doctor’s office, or a dentist’s office, or, I don’t know, a massage therapy office, we’re trying to create some space where that could happen, which we don’t really have now.”

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