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  • What is the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan?

Charleston County’s Comprehensive Plan is an expression of the County’s intent for where and how future growth and development should occur. The plan also identifies parts of the County that may or may not be appropriate for certain types of growth, given the Lowcountry’s unique character and natural conditions.


Charleston County Council adopted the 10-year update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan on November 18, 2008.  The Comprehensive Plan Update is the result of the state mandated 10-year update cycle, the need for the County to conform to new state statutes (The Priority Investment Act) that require additional elements in the Comprehensive Plan, and a response to changing economic and growth trends.


The Comprehensive Plan includes ten elements: 

  • Population

  • Economic development

  • Natural Resources

  • Cultural Resources

  • Community Facilities

  • Housing  

  • Land Use

  • Transportation

  • Priority Investment

  • Energy*

 *The Energy Element was incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan on February 23, 2012.



Charleston County Comprehensive Plan Five-Year Review


The Charleston County Planning Commission began working on the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan Five-Year Review at their November 5, 2012 meeting.  The Five-Year Review is in response to changing economic and growth trends and is mandated by state law, which requires the Planning Commission to review the Comprehensive Plan at least once every five years.  Since November 5, 2012, the Planning Commission has reviewed all ten elements of the Plan.  Below, you will find meeting materials from each meeting.


At the October 14, 2013 meeting, Planning Commission adopted a resolution confirming that the five-year review was completed in compliance with Section 6-29-510(E) of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended.  The Planning Commission will implement the findings of the five-year review through amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning & Land Development Regulations Ordinance to be completed as part of the annual work program.


All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and will begin at 2:00 PM in Charleston County Council Committee Room, Room B-225, at the Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building located at 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC, 29405.  The meeting agendas can be found on-line or by calling the Charleston County Zoning & Planning Department at (843) 202-7200. Additional information can also be found on the Department’s Facebook page.

Please contact Wilma Singleton at (843) 202-7240 or if you would like to receive additional notifications regarding the Comprehensive Plan Five-Year Review (you will need to provide a valid email or mailing address).



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