The South Carolina Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act gives the Town of Pawleys Island the authority to undertake planning and adopt zoning and land use regulations. To use these tools as guidance for current and future development. As part of this process, the Town and its Planning Commission must create and adopt a 10-year comprehensive plan that specifically addresses 10 planning elements. The plan must be then reevaluated every five years and updated by resolution every 10 years. Town Council must then hold a public hearing for the updated plan and adopt it by ordinance.
The Town of Pawleys Island adopted its current Comprehensive Plan (2009-2019).