Charleston County Council adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1999 after a two-year long planning process. The 1999 plan was the first prepared under the 1994 Comprehensive Plan Enabling Act. The Plan was subsequently reviewed in 2003, updated in 2008, and reviewed again in 2013-2014.
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 was in response to changing economic and growth trends and is mandated by Title 6, Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. From November 2012 through October 2013, the Planning Commission reviewed all ten elements of the Plan. Below, you will find meeting materials from each meeting.
Public input was an extremely important part of the Review process. A public input gathering campaign was conducted in June and July 2014. Five public workshops were held 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 via the County website, completing an online form, or contacting the Planning Department via phone or email. A summary of the public comments through August 8, 2014 can be found here.
In October 2014, Planning Commission recommended draft amendments to the Comprehensive Plan to implement the Five-Year Review. These amendments are shown below.
Charleston County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Following the public hearing, three readings were held, and the Plan amendments were adopted on January 6, 2015.
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