Residency rule inaplicable for quasi-judicial post

March 19, 2014

You need not live inside Westminster corporate limits to have a say on zoning appeals in that city. In fact, you can be like Charles Morgan and live as far as Long Creek and serve on the Westminster Board of Zoning Appeals. The mayor and council last night decided against changing the city’s non-resident policy for board membership. David Smith, city administrator, quoted the executive director of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments as saying nowhere in state law is there a provision dictating a residency requirement. At the same time, however, the city council decided to make no change in its policy requiring planning commissioners to live in their city. Planning commissioners have the duty of recommending zoning changes, while the board of appeals adjudicates zoning appeals.

 

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