Zoning Board of Appeals

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Term of Office:
Typically 3 years, but up to the discretion of City Council; terms are staggered. Members may serve any number of consecutive terms. A member shall continue to serve until the member is reappointed or replaced.

The Zoning Board of Appeals hears several different types of requests related to the Zoning Ordinance as listed below. The Board was formed May 24, 1965. Decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals may be appealed only through the courts.

Seven members appointed by City Council, each of whom must be a resident of the City and a qualified voter. Members of City Council, anyone who holds an elected public office in the City or County, and City employees are disqualified from serving on this Board. Members cannot serve on either the Planning Commission or the Rock Hill Board of Historic Review.


  • To review and decide applications for several different types of special exceptions from the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To review and decide applications for variances from specified provisions of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To review and decide requests for a reduction in the separation requirements between specified types of land uses.
  • To hear and decide appeals from decisions and interpretations by the Planning and Development Director.
  • To have a general understanding of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • To observe attendance requirements.
  • To complete six hours of state-mandated orientation training within one year of appointment, and to complete at least three hours of continuing education each following year while a Board member.

Meeting Schedule:

The Board meets at 6:00 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month in Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings usually consiste of four or more appeals, and generally last between one and three hours. Members are encouraged to visit the sites on the agenda prior to meetings. See the calendar for current listing of specific meeting dates.

Staff Contact:
Melody Kearse, Planning & Development Services, 803-329-7088.


Member Position
Rodney Cullum
Matthew Crawford  Chair
Randy Sturgis
Michael Smith
Stacey Reeves  
Keith Sutton

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