1. Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
  2. Planning Commission (PC)
  3. Tree Board (TB)

 


Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)


General Information

The Board is comprised of five non-compensated members appointed by the City Council to serve five-year terms. Whenever possible, the members shall be architects,  engineers, building contractors, and/or building material suppliers, and one member at large. Each member attends State mandated orientation in the first year of appointment and annual continuing education each year thereafter.

The Board of Zoning Appeals was established to...

  • To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the administrative official in the enforcement of the City of Westminster Code of Ordinance. 
     
  • To hear and decide individual requests for variance from the requirements of the City of Westminster Code of Ordinance when strict application of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.

Variances shall be decided based upon the standards and procedures set forth by the South Carolina Code of Laws and the City of Westminster Code of Ordinance.

Current BZA Member Roster:

Members Term Expiration
Mr. Ronald Butts, Chairperson December 31, 2016
Ms. Deanna DeFoor, Vice Chairperson December 31, 2020
Mr. Chester Lee December 31, 2018
Mr. Charles Morgan December 31, 2017
vacant December 31, 2019

 

Ms. Tamy Sanford, Code Compliance and Development Coordinator provides staff support to this board.

2016 BOARD OF APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE
Regular Meeting - Date & Time Application Deadline - Date & Time
January 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM December 18, 2015 - 4:00 PM
February 15, 2016 - 6:00 PM January 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM
March 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM February 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM
April 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM March 25, 2016 - 4:00 PM
May 16, 2016 - 6:00 PM April 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM
June 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM May 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM
July 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM June 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM
August 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM July 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM
September 19, 2016 - 6:00 PM August 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM
October 17, 2016 - 6:00 PM September 30, 2016 - 4:00 PM
November 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM October 28, 2016 - 4:00 PM
December 15, 2016 - 6:00 PM November 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM
All meetings are held at the Historic Train Depot located at 135 E Main Street, Westminster, SC on the third Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.

 

NOTE TO APPLICANT(S) and INTERESTED PARTIES:
 
Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals in matters related to your application. Any communication outside the public hearing, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board is considered an "ex-parte communication."
 
An "ex-parte communication" occurs when an interested party ( or representative) in the matter to be decided and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Planning Commission (PC)

General Information

The Planning Commission prepares and periodically makes recommendations for the revision of the City of Westminster Comprehensive Plan, as well as all development plans and programs for the City and all implementation measures required to carry out the goals of the Comprehensive Plan, including:

  • The Zoning Ordinance which includes zoning, subdivision, and land development regulations.
  • The Official Zoning Map.
  • The Capital Improvements Program.
  • The Commission shall catalog public improvements needed in the City, place them in a logical chronological order, and prioritize them. An annual list of priority projects should be forwarded to the City Council.
 

Current PC Member Roster:

Members Term Expiration
Mr. Wendell Tidwell, Chairperson December 31, 2019
Ms. Sandra Powell, Vice Chairperson December 31, 2017
Mr. Ken Sloan December 31, 2016
Ms. Joyce Thrift Collins December 31, 2020
Mr. Steve White December 31, 2018

 

Ms. Tamy Sanford, Code Compliance and Development Coordinator provides staff support to this commission.

Regular Meeting - Date & Time

Application Deadline - Date & Time

2016 PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

January 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM December 18, 2016 - 4:00 PM
February 8, 2016 - 6:00 PM January 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM
March 14, 2016 - 6:00 PM February 19, 2016 - 4:00 PM
April 11, 2016 - 6: 00 PM March 18, 2016 - 4:00 PM
May 9, 2016 - 6:00 PM April 18, 2016 - 4:00 PM
June 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM May 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM
July 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM June 17, 2016 - 4:00 PM
August 8, 2016 - 6:00 PM July 19, 2016 - 4:00 PM
September 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM August 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM
October 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM September 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM
November 14, 2016 - 6:00 PM October 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM
December 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM November 18, 2016 - 4:00 PM
All meetings are held at the Historic Train Depot located at 135 E Main Street, Westminster, SC on the second Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.

Westminster Tree Board (TB)

General Information

In urbanized areas summer temperatures and noise levels are higher than in the surrounding countryside. Air pollution problems are more concentrated, and the landscape is significantly altered, reducing personal health benefits available to us by having access to wooded areas and green open spaces. Trees help solve these problems.

The City of Westminster has chosen to improve our natural environment through the planting and care of trees. In the fall of 2008 our citizens and leaders established policy, regulations, and standards for the management of public trees and encourage the voluntary participation of private land owners and citizens.

The Tree Board is comprised of five uncompensated members appointed by the City Council to serve five-year terms of office. One advisory member may be appointed in addition to the five members. An unlimited number of ex-officio members shall be invited by the Tree Board to serve in a non-voting capacity.

The responsibilities of the Tree Board are to...

  • Advise the Mayor and City Council in all tree-related matters.
  • Serve as a source of information about proper tree maintenance techniques and community tree management policies.
  • Make recommendations for public tree establishment, maintenance, protection, and removal.
  • Provide input to the Street and Utilities Departments for the development of annual work plans and long range planning.
  • Investigate and apply for donations and grant funding from public and private sources for community forestry related projects.
  • Provide regular community tree care educational programs and information about the value of trees and proper tree maintenance to City staff and citizens.
  • Review the Tree Ordinance and provide recommendations for changes to the Westminster Planning and Zoning Board and in turn to the Mayor and City Council at least every two (2) years.
  • Promote and support the Tree City USA program.
  • Prepare an annual report to the City Council that includes the past year’s accomplishments and planned activities.

 

Current TB Roster:

Member Term
Ms. Sandra Brockington January 21, 2014 - December 31, 2015
Ms. Lisa Lord January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2019
Ms. Becky DeFoor January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2016
Mr. Henry Jenkins December 17, 2013 - December 31, 2017
Mr. Greg Sluder, Chairperson October 21, 2008 - December 31, 2018

 

Ms. Tamy Sanford, Code Compliance and Development Coordinator provides staff support to this commission.

 

Contact Us

Chris Carter
Code Compliance and Development Coordinator
864-647-3200 X 105
864-280-5203

Agenda and Meeting Minutes

Useful Links

South Carolina Forestry Commission

PO Box 21707
Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-896-8800  scfc@scfc.gov  

 

The Arbor Day Foundation

100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
888-448-7337  www.arborday.org