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Town of Bluffton News Flash

Posted on: June 16, 2020

Applicants sought for Town Council appointed boards, commissions and committees

Bluffton Town Council is seeking qualified applicants for appointment to its boards, commissions and committees.

The most immediate need for new appointees exists on the Beautification Committee, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, the Law Enforcement Citizens Advisory Committee, Municipal Elections Commission and Planning Commission.

•    The Beautification Committee has one vacancy for a Town property owner. 

•    The Board of Zoning Appeals has one vacancy for a Town property owner. 

•    The Historic Preservation Commission has two vacancies for a property owner or business owner in the Historic District. 

•    The Municipal Elections Commission has one vacancy for a Town resident who is a registered voter eligible to vote in Town of Bluffton elections. 

•    The Planning Commission has two vacancies for a town resident or property owner who has knowledge of, or experience in, urban planning and growth management issues. 

•    The Law Enforcement Citizens Advisory Committee has vacancies for two Town of Bluffton business owners and seven residents within the boundaries of the Town of Bluffton Growth Framework Map. The map can be accessed via: https://ago-item-storage.s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/cbb9459dd2ce4e818b5b7a52dc17048c/growthframework23x30-2.pdf?X-Amz-Security-Token=IQoJb3JpZ2luX2VjEEsaCXVzLWVhc3QtMSJHME.  

The Town welcomes applications for all boards, committees and commissions regardless of current vacancies. Though qualifications for appointment may vary for each board, committee or commission, most appointments require residency within the Town of Bluffton. Applications are kept on file for two years and there are vacancies which occur throughout the year. Applicants will be considered for any vacancies for which the applicant may qualify that occur during the time their application is on file.

A full list of the Town’s boards, commissions and committees with a detailed description of their qualifications for appointment, duties and responsibilities are listed on the Town’s website. The Town’s website is (www.townofbluffton.sc.gov). Under the “Government” Tab, click on the Boards, Commissions and Committees page. The direct link to this page is: 

https://www.townofbluffton.sc.gov/boards-commissions-and-committees 

Descriptions and requirements for each committee which currently have vacancies are also below.

Beautification Committee: 

The five (5) member Beautification Committee which is tasked with assisting and advising Town Council with the adoption, periodic review, and implementation of the Town of Bluffton Beautification Master Plan, furthering intergovernmental and private sector relationships and initiatives for beautification, and maintaining the criteria necessary for Tree City USA designation per the Town Council Resolution adopted on July 17, 2012, and last revised on February 19, 2013, establishing the Committee. The Beautification Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals: 

The five (5) member Board of Zoning Appeals is required for the determination of appeals from administrative decisions of the Unified Development Ordinance Administrator on matters pertaining to zoning and granting or denying applications for variances or special exceptions per the South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994, Section 6-29-780(A). The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Historic Preservation Commission: 

The seven (7) member Historic Preservation Commission is required to maintain the Old Bluffton Historic District National Register status, administer the District’s architectural regulations for new construction and renovations of existing structures and determine appeals from administrative decisions of the Unified Development Ordinance. The Commission also administers regulations for the District per the South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994, Section 6-29-780(a). The Historic Preservation Commission meets on the first Wednesday each month at 6:00 p.m. Applicants should live or own a business in Bluffton’s Historic District and be registered to vote.

Law Enforcement Citizens Advisory Committee:

The nine (9) member Law Enforcement Citizens Advisory Committee is tasked with serving as an advisory board to the Bluffton Police Department and Town Council by bringing to their attention, the feedback of the community with regard to public safety concerns.  Further, the Committee is devoted to facilitating the free flow of ideas and discussions to improve the safety of all citizens and visitors.  Committee members will interact with community-based organizations that provide services within the Town of Bluffton; support various groups in the Town of Bluffton to ensure a coordinated effort for public safety between all parties; and provide a forum for residents to share comments, issues or concerns regarding law enforcement services. This Committee was established on January 14, 2020 by Town Council and to date, no appointments have been made.  The Law Enforcement Citizens Advisory Committee meeting schedule is to be determined. 

Municipal Election Commission: 

The three (3) member Municipal Election Commission is required to conduct, supervise and manage municipal, special, and general elections, certify election results, and hear any protests arising from the election per the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 5-15-90(A). Meetings of the Municipal Election Commission are scheduled as necessary.

Planning Commission: 

The seven (7) member Planning Commission is required to draft, review, and propose amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance, approve or deny applications 

related to land development and street naming/renaming, review and make recommendations for proposed annexations or zoning map amendments, propose policies and procedures to facilitate

the implementation of the Town’s planning effort, propose an annual Capital Improvements Program, and determine appeals from administrative decisions of the Unified Development Ordinance Administrator in the administration of land development regulations per the South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994, Section 6-29-780(A). The Planning Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Applications should be submitted to the Town Clerk, Kimberly Chapman, via email to townclerk@townofbluffton.com. Alternatively, applications may also be submitted by mailing to the following address: Town Clerk, Town of Bluffton, P.O. Box 386, Bluffton, SC 29910. For further information, please contact Kimberly Chapman via email or (office): 843.706.4505.


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