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Beaufort County, S.C., Community Development Code, § 1.2.10 (current through October 30, 2017)
Brief Summary
Lists promoting urban agriculture as a purported purpose/intent of the county development code. This provision outlines the purpose of the county comprehensive plan to allow conservation efforts, quality housing, and to support walkable transportation.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: South Carolina
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Beaufort County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Schools (§ P.10), multi-family development(§ P.50).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. "promote the public health, safety " (§ 1.2.10); "Promote the Health Benefits of Pedestrian-Oriented Places including safe routes for walking, bicycling and other exercise" (§ 1.2.10-C.4).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. "Promote Green and Sustainable Development through carbon footprint reduction, water conservation and reuse, energy conservation, renewable energy use, recycling and waste reduction, vegetation, urban agriculture, and hazard-resilient development" (§ 1.2.10 (A)(7)); "Conserve and Protect the County's Natural Resource" (§ 1.2.10 (A)(5)); "Environmental Justice and Equity" (§ 1.2.10 (B)(2)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. "Encourage and Grow Local Business activity" (§ 1.2.10 (D)(3)).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. Although not labeled "findings," similar langugage is inlcuded in the Development Code's Preamble, including: "Over the last 10 years, through various regional and comprehensive plans, Beaufort County and its municipalities have recognized the importance of promoting walkable, mixed-use communities" (§ P.10); and "Historic places in Beaufort County were, by default, compact, walkable, and based on the pedestrian shed, with interconnected networks of streets and blocks, and surrounded by rural and natural lands. Beginning in the 1960s, suburban development patterns were introduced that were auto-oriented in nature. Today the landscape of the County includes natural, rural, urban, and suburban places."(§ P.20).
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. This provision is a "Purpose and Intent Section." It provides, in part, that "[t]he purpose and intent of this Development Code is to guide development in accordance with the existing and future needs of the County and its Comprehensive Plan, and to promote the public health, safety, order, appearance, prosperity, and general welfare of the landowners and residents of the County, and other members of the public. The purpose and intent of this Development Code is more specifically to: A. In general and throughout the County... 7. Promote Green and Sustainable Development through carbon footprint reduction, water conservation and reuse, energy conservation, renewable energy use, recycling and waste reduction, vegetation, urban agriculture, and hazard-resilient development....B. Within rural areas...3.... Preserve agriculture and open space by clearly defining the boundary between rural and urban. 4. Foster and Support Agricultural Activities." Additional purpose-related language is also included in the Preamble.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Art. 10.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Beaufort County, South Carolina, Community Development Code, Article 1: - General Provisions, Division 1.2: - Purpose and Intent, 1.2.10 - General. History: Ord. No. 2017/20, 6-26-17.