South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

A Public Forum on Growth
October 1st, 2002

Speaker: Waccamaw Neck growth should be directed Protect wetlands, ex-planner says

By Kelly M. Burch
The Sun News

PAWLEYS ISLAND - If Waccamaw Neck residents want to control how their communities will look in a couple of decades, they need to get involved to see that growth is controlled, a former member of the Georgetown Planning Commission said Thursday night.

"We want to protect wetlands, and we want stronger zoning rules," said Jimmy Chandler of the S.C. Environmental Law Project and a former planning commissioner. "We need more public involvement, or the Waccamaw Neck may not control it's own destiny".

Chandler was among the speakers at a forum sponsored by the Georgetown League of Women Voters, the Coastal Conservation League, the Environmental Law Project and Murrells Inlet 2007. The message from the podium was that the future of the coastal areas could be on a collision course with development.

Chandler gave population figures for the Waccamaw Neck. The narrow strip of land now has 16,000 residents, a number that has tripled in the past 30 years.

Chandler criticized the lack of a solid comprehensive plan for Georgetown County and said the attempt to rewrite the county's zoning ordinances has bogged down.