§ 52.03  DEFINITIONS.
   Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the definitions of words and terms used in this chapter shall be as set forth in S.C. Code § 48-14-20, and 26 S.C. Code, Reg. 72-301, mutatis mutandis.
   AGRICULTURAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.  Property designated as a single parcel on the Charleston County tax maps, containing no more than two dwelling units, and used for agricultural purposes.
   BASE RATE.  The annual stormwater utility management fee charged per equivalent residential unit (ERU) is based on a 10-year analysis of the anticipated costs of operations, staffing, debt, and capital needs and is as follows:
 
Years
Base Rate/ERU
Existing
$60.00
2021
$60.90
2022
$61.81
2023
$79.55
2024
$81.30
2025
$82.52
2026
$83.96
2027
$85.43
2028
$86.93
2029
$88.45
2030+
$90.00
 
   COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.  Developed property that is not Single-Family Residential property or Agricultural Residential (AR) property, to include but not be limited to Light Industrial (LI) property, Neighborhood Commercial (NC) property, Office Professional (OP) property, Areawide Business (AB) property, Marine District (MD) property, Mixed Use (MU) property, Multifamily (MF) property, parking lots and properties used for office, retail, industrial, recreational, institutional, cultural, accommodation and assembly purposes.
   DEVELOPED PROPERTY.  Real property which has been altered from its natural state by the addition of any improvements such as buildings, structures, or other impervious surface area. For new construction, property shall be considered developed property upon final approval of site improvements.
   DWELLING UNIT.  A unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one population unit, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation. Dwelling units may include single-family homes and mobile homes located on one or more individual lots or parcels of land and residential condominium and townhouse units.
   EQUIVALENT RESIDENTIAL UNIT (ERU). One commonly accepted rate unit for stormwater utility management program fees is the equivalent residential unit (ERU). The ERU is defined, for residential computation purposes, as a Tier 2 Single-Family Residential property (1,301 square feet - 3,300 square feet). The ERU is defined, for non-residential computation purposes, including any improvements thereon, a lot less than or equal to 20,000 square feet.
   FEE. The annual amount charged to the property owner(s) of record as indicated by the Charleston County Assessor's tax rolls as of January 1.
   MIXED USE PROPERTY.  Developed property that includes a building or buildings containing residential and commercial uses.
   MULTIFAMILY PROPERTY.  Developed property containing a dwelling unit or units designed for or occupied by three or more population units living independently of each other, with the number of population units in residence not exceeding the number of dwelling units, which may or may not have accessory uses related to the purpose of providing permanent dwelling facilities, to include apartments.
   REVENUES.  Funds generated for the Stormwater Utility Management Program from fees, revenue bond issuances, or interest.
   TIER 1 SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.  Property designated as a single parcel on the Charleston County tax maps, to include single family, townhouse and residential condominium dwelling units, with total building square footage, as assessed by the Charleston County Tax Assessor, of 1,300 square feet or less and shall be considered 0.75 ERU.
   TIER 2 SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.  Property designated as a single parcel on the Charleston County tax maps, to include single family, townhouse and residential condominium dwelling units with total building square footage, as assessed by the Charleston County Tax Assessor, of 1,301 to 3,300 square feet and shall be considered 1.00 ERU.
   TIER 3 SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.  Property designated as a single parcel on the Charleston County tax maps, to include townhouses and residential condominiums with total building square footage, as assessed by the Charleston County Tax Assessor, of 3,301 or more square feet and shall be considered 1.5 ERU.
   UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY.  Real property which has not been altered from its natural state by the addition of any improvements such as buildings, structures or other impervious surface area, or which has less than 50% of the equivalent residential unit of impervious surface area, to include golf courses and parks and shall be considered 0.5 ERU.
(Ord. 21059, passed 8-10-21)