Zoning is an important tool for the Town in shaping growth and development. It supports the goals and objectives of the comprehensive plan. Zoning is designed to protect property values and guide the development of town in a unified community vision.  Zoning prevents incompatible land uses from popping up in inappropriate areas.  For instance, a factory doesn't belong in a neighborhood and a house shouldn't be built in an industrial park!

Zoning districts are a community's classifications of areas which outline appropriate land uses and standards. Standards include building height, setbacks [distances from property lines], signs, and buffers between uses to name a few.  There are multiple zoning districts in the Town of Cheraw.  The Official Zoning Map serves as the geographic representation of Zoning Districts.  A copy of the official zoning map may be viewed in the document center below.

Zoning Districts are regulated by the which may be found in the document center below.

There are three main commissions associated with Zoning; the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Board of Architectural Review (BAR). 

For more information on the BAR, please visit our page on Historic Preservation by clicking here.

The Planning Commission helps guide policy in the Town.  Their main role is to:

  • Review, amend, and approve ordinances.
  • Hear and deliberate on rezoning applications.
  • Recommend the adoption of the comprehensive plan and other plans
  • Influence the Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Hear and deliberate on plat appeals.

The current Planning Commission is composed of:
  • Delphenia Rollins, Chair
  • Blake Tillman, Vice Chair
  • Justin Willcox
  • John Little
  • Mark Ingram
  • Rennay Johnson
  • JD Wentz

If you would like to request a property be rezoned, the application is available from the document center below.

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial body that makes decisions based on evidence of fact.  Appeals of decisions by the Zoning Administrator, Special Exceptions, and Variances are all decided by the BZA.

A Special Exception is a development that first must be approved in a specific zoning district.  For instance, there are residential districts you may build a duplex in, but first you must get approval from the BZA to ensure that its construction will not harm surrounding property owners.

A Variance can be granted where the strict application of the Cheraw Zoning Ordinance would effectively prohibit or limit the use of a property.

Applications for Appeals, Variances, and Special Exceptions can be found in the document center below. 

For more information please contact Rob Wolfe at Town Hall, 843-537-7283 or rwolfe@cheraw.com

Doc app

Document Center

The Document Center provides easy access to public documents. Click on one of the categories below to see related documents or use the search function.

Categories always sorted by seq (sub-categories sorted within each category)
Documents sorted by SEQ in Ascending Order within category

Zoning Documents8 documents

  • Appeal from the Zoning Administrator
    document seq 0.00
    An appeal may be filed if you believe the Zoning Administrator has made an incorrect decision.
  • Re-Zoning Request Application
    document seq 0.00
    A rezoning request form must be completed before the Planning Commission will consider the proposed change.
  • Variance Request
    document seq 0.00
    A variance may be granted if the strict application of the Cheraw Zoning Ordinance effectively prohibits the use of a property
  • Special Exception Request
    document seq 0.00
    A special exception is a permitted use in a zoning district that first must be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Zoning Map Updated to 2021
    document seq 0.00
  • Zoning Verification Request
    document seq 0.00
    This form is to request verification of zoning for a property.
  • Zoning Compliance Application
    document seq 0.00
    A zoning compliance request must be completed to receive a business license.
  • Zoning Ordinance 2022
    document seq 0.00
    The up to date Cheraw Zoning Ordinance