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Who we are
The Greater Burgess Community Association has earned a reputation as a respected and responsible organization, representing the neighborhoods and residents of Burgess by engaging in a wide range of issues such as current and long range planning; road improvements, storm water drainage and public safety. By interfacing directly with local and state officials, we become a voice for area residents and businesses.
We hold quarterly meetings, open to the public, to provide information exchange between residents, officials and others on a variety of community topics. A quarterly newsletter is published. Regular emails to our members provide updates from county officials and others on a range of issues.
We work to foster a sense of community in our changing environment, while attempting to preserve our area’s rich cultural heritage and human history.
Where We Are
The Burgess Community is an unincorporated area in Horry (O-ree) County, South Carolina located on the southern boundary between Horry and Georgetown counties. The community is approximately 28 square miles in area and is flanked on the west by the Waccamaw River and the east by US Highway 17 Bypass.
Many are not aware they live in the Greater Burgess Area since their mailing addresses lie in either the 29588 (Myrtle Beach) or 29576 (Murrells Inlet) zip codes. Prior to 1976, Burgess had its own Post Office. People could readily identify themselves as Burgess residents.
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28 Square Miles
Bounded by US Highway 17 Bypass to the east and the Waccamaw River to the west. The southern boundary is the jurisdictional line between Horry and Georgetown counties. The northern boundary is less definitive, but ends north of Holmestown Rd and south of Highway 544.
Number of Parcels:
Number of Parcels: 17,044
Mean parcel acreage: 1.05 acres
Number of Structures:
Number of Structures: 12,318
Structures in acres: 631 acres
Impervious Area (excluding roads):
% of total area: 6.2%
Acreage water (including wetlands & excluding Waccamaw River):
% of total area: 30%
Urban density (< 10,000 SF):
1,446 total acres
% of total area = 8.1%
Suburban density (< 1 acre & > 10,000 SF):
2,618 total acres
% of total area = 14.6%
Rural density (> 1 acre):
13,875 total acres
% of total area = 77.3%
Paved Miles = 161 miles
SC Hwy 707 = 7.25 miles
McDowell Shortcut = 3.81 miles
Holmestown Road = 1.98 miles
Freewoods Road = 2.62 miles
Bay Road = 2.47 miles
Horry County has experienced significant growth over the past four decades. In the 1990 census, the Burgess Community population was approximately 3,000. In the 2010 census, our area grew to 25,000. If the Burgess Community was a city, it would be the second largest city in Horry County. For comparison, the Town of Surfside Beach’s population is less than 4,000.
Burgess has transitioned from a rural community to a predominantly suburban community during the last twenty years. Numerous master planned communities were developed since 1990. Large tracts of land remain undeveloped at this time, retaining some of the rural characteristics that preceded our rapid growth. These large parcels have a high potential to be developed, making our work at the Greater Burgess Community Association even more impactful.
The Greater Burgess Community Association initiated ideas for and supported road improvements and traffic safety projects such as:
- Widening of SC Highway 707
- Building a new road serving as an evacuation route to cross the Waccamaw River
- Improving the intersection of US 17 Bypass and Holmestown Road
- Extending the Carolina Bays Parkway from SC 544 to Highway 707
- Improving the intersection of McDowell Shortcut Road and Tournament Boulevard
- Paving McDowell Shortcut Road
- Repaving Tournament Boulevard
- Improving the intersection at US 17 Bypass and Tournament Boulevard
- Installing traffic signals on SC 707 at Tournament Boulevard and at McDowell Shortcut Road
Community Improvement Projects:
- We led the development of the Burgess Community Area Plan, a guiding document for long range planning adopted by County Council in 2012
- We supported the Burgess Area Bike and Pedestrian Plan adopted by County Council in 2016
- We updated Overlay Zones for Highway 707 and Holmestown Road
- We review all rezoning and variance requests, monitoring development issues and providing feedback to Horry County staff and elected officials
- We supported a change to an existing ordinance that promotes landscape buffers along certain arterial and collector roadways within the Burgess Community
- We have identified environmental and storm water drainage issues and sought solutions
- We monitor public safety services, strongly supporting efforts to improve both police and fire protection
- We organize and conduct the annual Burgess Litter Cleanup Campaign
We strive to make the Greater Burgess Community a wonderful place to live, work and play.