Draft town of Honea Path, South Carolina Official Zoning Ordinance This document has been prepared for the Town of Honea Path Town Council The Honea Path Planning Commission With assistance from the Appalachian Council of Governments Adopted by Town


Section 404 RM - Multi-Family Residential District



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Section 404 RM - Multi-Family Residential District

    Purpose It is the intent and purpose of the RM District to provide for medium to high density, multi-family residential developments. The regulations which apply within this district are designed to encourage the formation and continuance of a stable, healthy environment for several different types of multi-family dwellings an to discourage any encroachment by commercial, industrial or other uses capable of adversely affecting the residential character of the district. Intended for multi-family and cluster homes, residential use, with a density of eight (8) units per acre or greater. The only non-residential activities viewed as compatible are low intensity public uses, including parks, recreation areas, schools and churches.


  1. Permitted Uses.

    The following uses are permitted in the RM Zoning District:



    1. Any use, together with the conditions attached thereto, permitted in the R-6 Zoning District;

    2. Multi-family dwellings

  2. Conditional Uses.

    The following uses shall be permitted in any RM Zoning District subject to the conditions of this section:



    1. All conditional uses allowed in R-10, R-6, & R-6 districts are allowed in RM districts with the exception of home occupations.

    2. Single Family Dwellings provided that such conditions are met:

      1. such use shall meet all of the requirements for a single family residential use

    3. Public or private care homes provided that such conditions are met:
      1. such use meets all requirements of the State Board of Health and the County Board of Health. Copies of approvals shall be filed with the appropriate building official.


      2. signage shall not be illuminated, not greater than thirty (30) square feet in area and no greater than ten (10) feet in height.

  3. Prohibited Uses.

    No activity that does not fall within the parameters of Sections 404.1 or 404.2 shall be permitted within the RM Zoning District. The following uses are expressly prohibited in order to increase ordinance clarity:



    1. Sexually Oriented Businesses.

    2. Cellular Towers

    3. Tattoo Parlor

  4. Dimensional Requirements.

    Uses permitted in the Zoning District shall be required to conform to the following standards, except that the use of substandard lots of record as of the effective date of this ordinance may be subject to the relief provided in Article III, Section 303 of this ordinance.



Minimum Lot Area:

Multi Family (apartment complexes ) : 1 acre

Duplexes/Garage Apartments: 8,000 sq. ft.

Townhouse: 5,000 square feet

Detached Single Family: 6,000 sq. ft.


Minimum Lot Width:

Single Family & Duplex 50. ft. at building line

Townhouses: 20 ft for interior lots

35 ft for exterior lots

Apartments: 100 ft

Minimum Building Setbacks:

Front: 25 ft

Side: 6 ft

Rear: 25 ft



Accessory Structure Setback:

5 ft (side and rear)



Maximum Buildings Height:

35 Feet


Maximum Dwelling Units per acre:

16 units per acre for multi family

8 units per acre for townhouse

7 units per acre for single family detached

5 units per acre for duplex buildings




    1. Maximum Development and Spacing of Buildings. No more than twelve (12) attached dwelling units shall be constructed or attached together in a continuous row, and no such row shall exceed 200 feet in length. Detached principal or accessory buildings shall not be placed closer than 25 feet from any other building.

    2. Maximum Impervious Surface. The maximum impervious surface shall not exceed sixty (60) percent of the project site.

    1. Common Open Space Requirements.

    Each townhouse or apartment project in an RM district shall have a minimum of twenty (20) percent of the total site area reserved and improved as common open space.

    1. Streets and Access.

    All private roadways within a multi-family development shall be paved with asphalt or concrete. The wearing surface for asphalt paving shall be one and one-half (1.5) inches thick. If concrete is used, it should be a minimum of five (5) inches thick and have expansion joints where it meets driveways, walkways or curbs.


All roadways which are not to be dedicated as public streets shall have a minimum travel width of twenty (20) feet, exclusive of parking. Roads within a multi-family development which are to be dedicated as public streets shall conform to the criteria established for Anderson County roads in county ordinance number 28.

Access roads to a multi-family development shall be located at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from any public street intersection. The number of entrances and/or exits shall not exceed the ratio of one per one hundred fifty (150) feet of park frontage. Developments with less than one hundred fifty (150) feet of frontage are only allowed one (1) combination ingress and egress road.



    1. Parking and Loading.

    Uses permitted in the RM Zoning District shall meet the parking and loading standards set forth in Article V.

    1. Signs.

    Signs permitted in the RM Zoning District must adhere to the regulations found in Article VI of this ordinance and they include:

  1. Signs for which permits are not required which are found in Article VI, Section 612 of this ordinance.

  2. A single non-illuminated bulletin board not exceeding twenty (20) square feet in area. Such sign or bulletin board shall be setback not less than ten (10) feet from any street right of way.
  3. Signs located at entrances to subdivision and multi-family complexes; no more than two (2) signs at each entrance, with a maximum sign area of seventy-five (75) square feet. All large residential signs shall be integrally designed as a part of a permanently constructed and maintained wall, fence, or similar feature or shall be a ground sign. All such areas shall be landscaped. The maximum height of such sign shall be four (4) feet when constructed as a ground sign. A ground sign which is integrated into a brick, stone, or wood architectural feature or an earth berm, all of which shall be permanently landscaped, may exceed four (4) feet in height to a maximum of seven (7) feet. Any large residential sign and the attended landscaped area shall be owned and maintained either by the owner/developer or by a legally established homeowner’s association. Any lighting on such signs shall be integrated into the entrance feature and shall be subdued and shall light only such sign. No light shall shine or reflect on or into any nearby residential structure.


    1. Bufferyard Requirements.

    Bufferyard and landscaping requirements are only applicable in residential districts when the following uses are permitted:

    Existing Use

    Bufferyard Table (Section 713)

    Multi Family, Religious, Recreations, Child Care. Office, & Commercial

    Table Number 1

    Research, Institutional, &Industrial

    Table Number 2

    Shopping Centers

    Table Number 3

    All bufferyards must follow the regulations found in Article VII of this ordinance.

    1. Street Planting Strips.

    Except for single family, duplex or fee simple townhouse structures, in all front setbacks, a strip not less than six (6) feet in width shall be provided along the street line on the property, which shall be planted and maintained in grass with street trees or in shrub planting or as may be required in approval of the site plans. Signs shall not be erected in this area with the exception of official traffic and regulatory signs.



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