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Shipping container ordinance before county council
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Kershaw County Council’s first meeting of 2019, complete with new councilman Rev. David Snodgrass on board, will include consideration of first reading of an amendment to an ordinance governing accessory structures and uses.

Specifically, the ordinance will address the use of shipping containers as accessory structures. Currently, the ordinance prohibits the use of shipping containers as accessory buildings in any land use zone in the county. Under the amendment, shipping containers would be conditionally permitted in certain zones under the following conditions:

They cannot be used as principal use or structures;

They shall not be located in front of any principal building or structure;

They shall not be stacked;

They shall be permanently screened from public view with an opaque divide not less than eight feet tall. Screening can be accomplished by the use of sight obscuring plant materials, earth berms, fences, walls, proper siting of disruptive elements, building placement or other design techniques approved by the planning official.

The number of accessory shipping containers shall not exceed one per lot, except where the building to which it is accessory exceeds one acre, then an additional shipping container may be established for each acret, or fraction thereof, provided they meet all other requirements.

They shall be properly maintained at all times.

Council will also receive information and discuss the county administrator’s contract, fire service solutions and accomplishments, and a health district board appointment.  Council will also have a discussion regarding Patriot’s Landing, the boat ramp at U.S.1 and the Wateree River Bridge in Lugoff.