Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for making decisions when an individual does not agree with the decision of a zoning enforcement officer, requests a variance from the standard zoning regulations or needs a special exception permit. This Board acts as a quasi-judicial body. Therefore, the decisions of this Board can only be appealed to Circuit Court.

Authority: Ordinance adopted by the Lancaster County Council on 7/25/94 (#240).

Governing Body: The Board of Zoning Appeals is composed of 7 members representing the 7 County Council Districts. Residency in the Council Member's district is required.

Term of Office: 4 year terms. Members may serve 2 consecutive terms, but will thereafter be ineligible for appointment for a period of two years.


Contact Information: 
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1809
Lancaster, SC 29721     

Office Telephone:
(803) 416-9398

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., Lancaster County Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 101 N. Main St. and other times at the call of the Chair.  In 2024, the January meeting has been moved to Tuesday, 1/9/2024 due to the New Year's holiday;  the November meeting has been moved to Tuesday 10/29/2024 due to Election Day.  

Board Members
 Beverly Williams  District 1  6/30/2025
 Kemesha Lowery  District 2  6/30/2027
 Keye Jones  District 3  6/30/2025
 Gary Wayne Alden  District 4  6/30/2027
 Sheresa Ingram  District 5   6/30/2025
   District 6  6/30/2023
 Frances Liu  District 7 - Chair  6/30/2025

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
Submittal Deadlines & Meeting Dates


Submittal Deadline(1st Tuesday of every month) BZA Meeting(1st Tuesday of every Month) 
 December 9, 2023  January 9, 2024 CANCELLED
 January 5, 2024  February 6, 2024
 February 6, 2024  March 5, 2024
 March 5, 2024  April 2, 2024
 April 2, 2024  May 7, 2024 CANCELLED
 May 7, 2024  June 4, 2024  CANCELLED
 June 4, 2024  July 2, 2024
 July 2, 2024  August 6, 2024
 August 6, 2024  September 3, 2024
 September 3, 2024  October 1, 2024
 October 1, 2024  October 29, 2024
 November 5, 2024  December 3, 2024
 December 3, 2024   January 7, 2025 (proposed)


BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS      
  Case #   Type   Hearing  Date   Decision
       
VAR-2018-0238 Toll Southeast LP /Sugar Creek  Variance   7/02/2024  
 VAR-2024-0047 Wallace  Variance    2/6/2024  DENIED
 VAR-2023-2067 Floyd  Variance   1/9/2024
 (Jan mtg cancelled)
  2/6/2024
 DENIED
 VAR-2023-1769 Faith Presbyterian Church  Variance    11/30/2023   APPROVED
 BZA-2023-1201 The Lodges   Appeal of Decision of Planning/Zoning Official  8/29/2023   DENIED
 SE-2023-0595 Cox Campground  Special Exception   05/02/2023, 6/6/2023  APPROVED
Applicant must secure site plan approval.
       

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