October 25, 2017
OCRM Jurisdictional Lines – Message from Mayor Weaver
The Town of Kiawah Island is providing this communication to alert Kiawah property owners who own property along the island’s beachfront that they may be impacted by the State’s recently proposed revision of the beachfront jurisdictional lines and should review the impact on their property before the public comment period ends on November 6. Following public comment, the final jurisdictional lines are scheduled to be announced on or about December 8, and will become effective on December 27.
Every eight to ten years, DHEC-OCRM reviews and revises two lines (the Base line and Setback line). Developed and undeveloped property that lies seaward of either of these lines becomes subject to regulations and restrictions regarding new construction and reconstruction of existing structures, including pools and decks, on the portion of the property that extends seaward of either line. These jurisdictional lines were last redrawn in 2009.
Based upon the Town’s review of the proposed lines, it appears that some private property owners on Eugenia Ave. and Flyway Drive may be affected. Additionally, the most seaward units of Mariners Watch may be impacted as well. We encourage all beachfront property owners to review the OCRM’s website to ascertain whether their property is affected and review the information about regulations and restrictions affecting property extending seaward of either line. You will also find information about the process and timing for providing comment prior to the closure of the public comment period on November 6, and your right to appeal the lines, if they directly impact your property, following their effective date.
Below are the pertinent links to the OCRM website:
Until November 6, any member of the public, whether directly impacted or not, may provide comment to DHEC-OCRM. This may be done in person at one of three Public Hearings on October 23, 24 and 25, or you may provide written comment directly to DHEC-OCRM through a link on their website or by sending to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC. 29405. Following the issuance of the final jurisdictional lines in December, only directly impacted property owners may appeal the establishment of the lines affecting their property.
The Town, with the assistance of its beach consultant, Coastal Science & Engineering, is reviewing the OCRM’s proposal in detail and evaluating the methodology and data used to construct the proposed new Base and Setback lines. In a number of instances, the proposed lines vary markedly from the existing lines (are more landward) and appear inconsistent with Kiawah’s historic pattern of beach and dune accretion. Once our review is completed, we anticipate that the Town will submit a formal response to OCRM regarding the lines established for the island. However, the Town has no direct role or authority in the establishment of these lines, so affected property owners are encouraged to take their own steps in evaluating and commenting on this proposal prior to November 6.
If you have any questions you should first review the DHEC-OCRM website, which will provide the most complete and accurate information. However, if you have any questions that have not been answered there, please direct your question to Kiawah’s Town Administrator, Stephanie Tillerson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor, Town of Kiawah Island