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Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Lines

South Carolina Code of Laws § 48-39-280, as amended, requires the Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management to establish and periodically review the position of the two lines of beachfront jurisdiction (the baseline and the setback line) once every seven to ten years. The average annual erosion rate for all oceanfront land that is developed or potentially could be developed is also reviewed during this timeframe. DHEC utilizes the best available scientific and historical data in the implementation of this process.

The purpose of the jurisdictional lines is to implement laws and regulations that support the state's beachfront management goals and to guide development away from vulnerable beachfront shorelines. A 2016 amendment of the Beachfront Management Act prohibits the baseline from moving seaward from its position on December 31, 2017.

Public Notification of Proposed Jurisdictional Line Positions

In October 2017, DHEC released proposed beachfront jurisdictional lines for public comment. In an effort to enhance accessibility to this data, DHEC developed a GIS-based application, the Beachfront Jurisdictional Line Viewer (Viewer). The Viewer illustrates the approximate position of both the current jurisdictional lines (set in 2008-2010) and the proposed jurisdictional lines in addition to downloadable files containing coordinates and survey information.

The aerial imagery featured in the Viewer is provided by ESRI® as part of its Imagery Hybrid base map service. This imagery is automatically updated periodically by ESRI® as new imagery becomes available. In late February 2018, DHEC became aware that the aerial imagery within its Viewer application was updated, resulting in perceived shift in the position of the jurisdictional lines due to the angle of the aerial photography. However, the coordinates of the current and proposed jurisdictional baseline and setback line have not changed since initial release in October 2017. Base map imagery is provided for reference purposes only and is not intended to illustrate the exact location of jurisdictional lines. To locate the exact position of jurisdictional lines, coordinates must be obtained from DHEC by calling (843) 953-0200 and a property-specific survey must be performed.

Extension of Public Comment Period

To ensure the public has ample opportunity, as appropriate, to view the updated imagery the Department has extended the public comment period for the proposed jurisdictional lines until July 15, 2018.

Note: Please note that an exception to this time frame is the City of North Myrtle Beach. Due to statutory requirements contained in SC Code of Laws § 48-39-280(C), the proposed jurisdictional lines within the City of North Myrtle Beach must be adopted no later than May 9, 2018. City of North Myrtle Beach property owners may submit public comments no later than April 6, 2018. Dedicated staff are available to address questions or provide assistance. Public comments may be submitted to DHEC through a link provided in the viewing application or in writing to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405.

During the public comment period, the general public is invited to view the proposed jurisdictional lines and accompanying Line Reports, which describe how the proposed line positions were established on each beach. This information is available for review through the S.C. Beachfront Jurisdiction Viewer web application and by appointment in DHEC-OCRM offices in Beaufort, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

Public comments may be submitted to DHEC through a link provided in the viewing application or in writing to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405.

As a result of this extension, the tentative adoption schedule has been amended. A new adoption schedule for each beach is now available on the top of this web page.

What are beachfront jurisdictional lines and how are they set?

DHEC establishes two lines of beachfront jurisdiction - the baseline and the setback line. The baseline is the more seaward of the two jurisdictional lines, while the setback line is the landward line. To locate and establish the lines, DHEC utilizes the best available scientific and historical data, including state-of-the art LIDAR, GPS and aerial photography.

The lines do not create a — "no-build" area. Repairs, reconstruction and new construction are allowed under certain conditions and with authorization by the department. DHEC staff is available to assist citizens in understanding the lines and the process.


Proposed Jurisdictional Line Reports