Committee considers changes to agritourism permits as new farm announces opening

Agritourism permit changes

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County is working to change the way it handles agritourism permits.

During the most recent Infrastructure and Regulation Committee meeting, staff were directed to review the current ordinance.

Currently, land approved for permits must be a working, registered farm. But the proposed changes would allow large properties in rural areas to be considered even if they aren’t working farms.

There’s no word yet on when these changes will be considered by county council.

As leaders considered the proposed changes, a new agritourism location was announced in Horry County.

Thompson Farm will open at a new farm on Highway 701 at the 156-acre, historic Brickyard Plantation.

Owner Scott Thompson shared the news on Facebook.

His permit was approved by the Board of Architectural Review after a lengthy discussion. Those who live near the location were concerned over the camping aspect of the new attraction.

But Thompson was granted a 24-month permit to move forward with plans for tent camping, fall activities, a corn maze and weddings beginning in fall of 2019.

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