Pickens County Council Calls on Municipalities to Pause Annexations

Pickens County Council passed a resolution during their Dec. 4 meeting calling on local municipalities to cease any and all annexation for a period of time sufficient to enter into collaborative county-cities planning efforts in response to unprecedented population and development growth. Council and staff have been working diligently since the beginning of County Council's 2023-24 term to manage growth-related challenges through the development of new and heightened requirements under the County's Unified Development Standards Ordinance (UDSO). A collaborative county-cities effort would explore the possibility of a joint Planning Commission, able to coordinate requests for new developments and annexation requests in light of circumstances throughout the county, and not from the perspective of only one local governing body.  

A public hearing on the proposed UDSO reforms has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Pickens County Administration Building, 222 McDaniel Ave., Pickens.

“County Council's work on managing growth in our community is resulting in much-needed reforms to our County Ordinances, but the County cannot solve this problem alone,” said Chairman Chris Bowers. “The County and the cities must work together, and our citizens are right to demand collaboration between all local governments to face these challenges. Addressing growth takes a common plan because as it is often said, failing to plan is planning to fail. I hope that the cities will immediately agree to this annexation moratorium, and join us in working together on a common solution.”

View the resolution here.