Little River Chat
~ A Discussion Forum for Residents
Some Little River waterfront property is now part of North Myrtle Beach
Some serious issues are now facing Little River, namely individual property owners have requested (and been granted) annexation into the city of North Myrtle Beach.
There are also the ongoing issues with the casino boats, the struggles between developers wanting to utilize Little River land and residents confused by zoning changes in their neighborhoods, and other important changes facing those of us that call Little River home.
All these issues have spawned an attempt to incorporate Little River. Within this incorporation exploratory group, an ad-hoc committee completed an incorporation study
and presented the results at public meetings on April 10, 2008, and April 24, 2008, both of which were held at the North Myrtle Beach High School auditorium and cafeteria, respectively.
A place for all residents of Little River to discuss the issues
Since there are many questions about the issues surrounding incorporating Little River, we're providing a Little River Message Board
here for residents to voice their concerns, ask questions, and get more information about these issues.
On this Little River board, all Little River residents are welcome to register, post messages, ask questions, and voice concerns about the effort to incorporate our town.
The forum welcomes both those for and against incorporation and will strive to be a place for residents to publicly hash out the issues surrounding incorporation.
Being informed is the key to making the right decisions
For any residents wanting a brush up or gain a broad understanding of municipal government
in South Carolina, read the primer by Charlie B. Tyler.
Also, although not yet adopted, you may want to see the future land use
plan for the Little River waterfront that the county has come up with.
You may also wish to check out the Little River Height Overlay
that is in effect.
North Myrtle Beach's Plans for west of the waterway
As so much has been said about North Myrtle Beach and annexation, see the City of North Myrtle Beach's future land use map
. There are clearly plans for land west of the waterway, as well as all land around Little River Neck Road; however, there aren't any published plans for land west of the waterway and north of Highway 9. However, property north of Highway 9 and west of the waterway has already been annexed, by petition from private property owners.
The City of North Myrtle Beach's Future Land Use plans, as published, would make all land west of the waterway, including the historic Little River waterfront, contiguous and open to annexation by property owner request.
Property annexed has been at the request of property owners
For the annexations of land into North Myrtle Beach that have occurred to date, there has been no voting by the people or property owners of Little River.
To date, all the annexation that has occurred has been done by petition by the property owner(s). This is what happened with the land for Barefoot Resort, the land for the failed Bahama Island condo project, the land where the Stardancer casino boat and the former Riverboat Restaurant were, and now the 1300+ acres abutting the Grande Dunes to the south.
Note: When a request for annexation from one property owner is received, it is the City of North Myrtle Beach's policy to contact all land owners surrounding that property petitioning to see if they're interested in annexing as well.