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Comprehensive Plan

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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.


2013-2014 Comprehensive Plan Five-Year Review


Charleston County adopted its first Comprehensive Plan on April 20, 1999. Title 6, Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Code of Laws requires that the Comprehensive Plan be reviewed at least once every five years and updated at least once every ten years. Thus, the first five-year review was adopted on November 18, 2003; the first ten-year update was adopted on November 18, 2008; and the Charleston County Planning Commission adopted a resolution completing the second five-year review on October 14, 2013. The purpose of the five-year review of the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan is to:

  • Review/revise the location of the Urban Growth Boundary for consistency with the Urban Growth Boundaries adopted by the City of Charleston and Town of Mount Pleasant;
  • Review/revise the future land use designations to reflect current demographic trends and community needs and desires;
  • Update the Implementation Work Plan;
  • Revise the goals, needs, and strategies of all Plan elements;
  • Update the existing conditions of all Plan elements, including updating demographic and statistical data; and
  • Update maps to include overlay zoning districts adopted since the 2008 Plan Update and to reflect current municipal boundaries and other applicable updated data.


The Planning Process – Gathering Input for the Five-Year Review


Public input is an extremely important part of the Charleston County planning process. A public input gathering campaign was conducted in June and July 2014 by Charleston County Government to gather input. Charleston County held five public workshops in June 2014 in five different areas of the County to gather input on the proposed amendments to the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan. Information that was presented at the workshops can be accessed here. Varying workshop locations, days, and times were selected with the intention that citizens would be able to attend at least one of the five events. Citizens also had the opportunity to submit comments by visiting this website and completing an online form or emailing the Planning Department. A summary of the public comments gathered through August 8, 2014 can be found here.

To submit additional comments on the Plan, please click here and complete the form or email


Next Steps – Adoption Process and Implementation


On September 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM, the draft Comprehensive Plan, along with all comments submitted by the public, will be presented to the Charleston County Planning Commission. 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.

Following Planning Commission's recommendation, Charleston County Council will hold at least one public hearing. Three readings are required for adoption. All meetings and agendas will be posted online here.

To view the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, click the links below.


Charleston County Comprehensive Plan (2013-2014 Review)
DRAFT – June 5, 2014


Note: Meeting dates are subject to change. For most recent information and meeting agendas, please check the County meetings calendar found here:


History of the 2013-2014 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 Title 6, Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Since November 5, 2012, the Planning Commission has reviewed all ten elements of the Plan. Below, you will find meeting materials from each meeting.




Have questions?
Contact the Planning Department at or (843) 202-7200.

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



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