The Ground Isn’t Shaking, but the County Line May Slightly Change

If you own property along the border of Laurens and Greenville County, some of that land may be shifting from one county to the other. That conclusion is based on information presented to Laurens County Council this week. The South Carolina Geodetic survey has begun. It’s described as including a systematic way to re-establish South Carolina’s county boundaries. As part of this initiative, the Laurens and Greenville county border is one that has been clarified and reestablished to properly reflect the description in state law. A letter Laurens County received from the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office states it was sent to notify the county that that office has clarified the statutory boundary between these counties and their determination is available in a certified plat dated April 29, 2019.

The letter states that this determination was made following a public hearing, extensive research and field work along with conversations and meetings involving the state’s Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office and local officials over the past several months. A public hearing was held March 25th during which the research, field work and findings were presented, and input was received from local officials and the public.

The description of Laurens County borders with Greenwood and Abbeville Counties to the west along with Union and Spartanburg to the east are easy to follow, noting the Saluda and Enoree Rivers as the border. The land borders with Greenville and Newberry are described with references to distances measured in miles and chains. Reference points are noted by where a creek enters a river or where a ford crossed a river along with reference to a water oak on the Greenville County line.

The letter, shared with Laurens County Council this week, states that each county has sixty days (60) to make an appeal.

In presenting the information to County Council Tuesday evening, Laurens County Attorney Sandy Cruickshanks indicated he didn’t think appealing the findings would be worth the trouble, indicating we may lose or gain a bit of land.