For the 2016-2018 establishment cycle, the baseline and setback lines were established by Act 173, which was signed into law in May 2018. This Act established the baseline location as the most seaward location of either the baselines established during the 2008-2012 cycle or the baseline proposed by DHEC on October 6, 2017. Similarly, Act 173 established the setback line as the most seaward location of either the setback line established during the 2008-2012 establishment cycle, or the setback line proposed by DHEC on October 6, 2017.
For clarity purposes, DHEC OCRM staff implemented this Act by creating a single baseline and setback for the state, which is now available on this website. The line reports and survey packets have also been updated to reflect these lines, as established by the Act. As noted on the splash screen, baselines and setback lines for specific properties on Kiawah Island, Edisto Beach and Sullivan’s Island are pending litigation for the 2016-2018 establishment cycle. Until such time as the baselines and setback lines are finalized at these properties, the 2008-2012 baselines and setback lines are in effect pursuant to SC Code of Laws Section 48-39-280(C). Please see the individual line reports for more information.