Beaufort News

Port Royal to consider new gas station design regulations

  • Working in conjunction with the city of Beaufort, Port Royal will soon consider new design regulations for gas stations that many officials believe could make future structures more attractive.
  • Town Council members are scheduled to hear a first reading on the proposal next week.

    If approved, the new standards would apply to stations outside Port Royal's traditional town overlay district, Town Manager Van Willis said during a council workshop Wednesday.

    That would include stations built west of the Russell Bell Bridge in the Shell Point area and along the Robert Smalls Parkway corridor, Willis said.

    Among some of the proposed standards are requirements that gas pumps at new stations be located behind a building or, if deemed necessary, to the side of it, but never in front. The proposal also touches on how canopies over pumps, signs and lights should look, among other things.

    Port Royal doesn't currently have design standards for gas stations outside the traditional town overlay district, Willis said, and many of the details are decided at the Design Review Board level.

    The proposed plan would not include a cap on the number of pumps allowed at each station.

    Beaufort has given preliminary approval to the proposal.

    Also during its work session, council reviewed other items on the agenda for its meeting Wednesday, including a presentation from Beaufort County School Board chairman Fred Washington, a reappointment to its Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals, an agreement to move forward with the second and third phase of developing a form-based code in conjunction with the Beaufort and Beaufort County, and consideration of a contract for town website improvements.