Tega Cay makes is easier to crack the code

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comMarch 3, 2014 

— Residents in Tega Cay should soon have an easier way to find out what’s in their city code.

City Council recently finalized an ordinance updating its codes, the list of rules and regulations affecting residents throughout the city. Part of the update includes putting all that information online in a way residents can find it faster.

“It’s something that we have been working on for a long, long time,” said Mayor George Sheppard. “It will cross reference every one of our ordinances.”

Charlie Funderburk, city manager, said the city has been putting all its ordinances online as PDF files “for the past several years.” The decision last week puts up the complete code along with a search feature he expected to be completed early this week.

“We’ll have a hyperlink from our website directly to Web version of our code,” Funderburk said. “From there, residents won’t have to know what ordinance to look for, they can simply key word search a subject matter and all applicable code references will pop up for them to look at.”

York County has something similar. The second listed link at yorkcountygov.com is “York County Ordinances.” There, residents get a brief list of the most recent ordinance changes that haven’t made it into the online system yet. There’s also a link to a full rundown of titles, chapters, special ordinances and parallel references hosted by American Legal Publishing Corp.

The county site also has a keyword search feature, and options to print, save or email results.

Fort Mill has online information, too. It’s at fortmillsc.org under the “Town Services” tab by clicking on “Planning.” There, residents can research zoning ordinances and town code, along with zoning maps, town forms, upcoming public hearings and more.

“Online is a good place for people to start when researching the town’s code,” said Kimberly Starnes, town spokeswoman.

Funderburk said the city had its code online before it had a website, but now will link the updated code from the city site to an off-site provider so residents can easily get the information they need.

“The online code should be available for anyone by the first part of (this) week,” Funderburk said.

John Marks •  803-547-2353

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