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The Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department maintains an Annual Work program approved by County Council. Two important projects listed in this program are to "Review and revise the Maybank Highway Corridor Overlay Zoning District in coordination with the City of Charleston" and "Create an Overlay Zoning District for Main Road". The Charleston County and City of Charleston Planning Departments have begun this collaborative planning effort to create consistent land use, zoning, and development requirements for both the Maybank Highway Corridor and the Main Road Corridor. To learn more about the Maybank Highway and Main Road Overlay Zoning Project, visit the project page by clicking the button below.
ZREZ-05-18-00080: Request to rezone property located at 1029 Orleans Road, West Ashley (TMS: 351-05-00-032) from the Single-Family Residential 4 Zoning District (R-4) to the Planned Development Zoning District (PD-163, Orleans Road) to allow for a Communications Tower (property size: 0.15 acres).
Development Agreement Amendment Request ZDA-05-18-00100 and Planned Development Amendment Request ZREZ-05-18-00081: Request to amend the Kiawah River Plantation Development Agreement and Planned Development (PD-143) to clarify development requirements for property located at 3883 Betsy Kerrison Parkway (TMS 212-00-00-001, -005, -006, -007, -008, -009, -010, -011, -012, -013, and -014) (Property size: 1,427.81 acres).
These are the documents needed in order to submit an application for a Special Event Permit in Charleston County's unincorporated area. Fill out and return packet in person to the Zoning & Planning Department, located on the first floor of the Public Services Building, at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston.
The Zoning & Planning Department administers the County's Comprehensive Plan ordinance (ten year update adopted by County Council on November 18, 2008) and the Zoning and Land Development Regulations ordinance (adopted by County Council on Nov. 20, 2001 as amended) and prepares various studies and plans related to the current and future use of land in Charleston County. This Department serves as the professional and technical staff for the County Planning Commission, which is an advisory body to County Council. The Zoning & Planning Department also serves as the professional and technical staff for the County's Board of Zoning Appeals and to the Towns of Kiawah Island, Meggett and Rockville.
Plat - A drawing of the property that is drawn to scale showing all essential data pertaining to the boundaries and subdivisions of a tract of land, as determined by a survey. A plat must be prepared, signed and sealed by a registered professional land surveyor licensed by the state of South Carolina. Note: A plat must be approved by a governmental entity and recorded by the Register of Mesne Conveyance (RMC).
Site Plan - An engineer's scaled-size drawing of a parcel, showing the location of proposed and existing structures.
A. If your property is within the jurisdiction of Charleston County, you can find the zoning by using the "GIS" online service. You can also call or visit the Planning Department to find out the zoning classification for your property and what regulations apply. The municipalities in the County also have planning and zoning regulations and you should contact them directly.
A. You should contact the Zoning & Planning Department to set up a pre-application meeting regarding re-zoning of a property
A. First, contact the Zoning & Planning Department to determine if it is possible to do so based on the size of the lot and current zoning. If it is possible to subdivide the property, you should schedule a pre-application conference with staff to review what you want to do prior to expending a lot of time, money and effort in the plan that may not work. You can subdivide property according to the procedures contained in Chapter 8 of the Zoning and Land Development Regulations ordinance. Once the plat is reviewed and approved by Charleston County, it is then recorded in the office of the Register of Mesne Conveyance (RMC).
A. The Zoning & Planning Department coordinates the Site Plan Review process involving County, state and local agencies. This "one stop shopping" concept allows the developer one point of contact for the project.
A. The Zoning & Planning Department ensures that a plat meets subdivision and zoning requirements. In addition, this Department ensures that building plans comply with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's drainage and septic tank regulations and meet accessibility requirements.
On March 14, 1942, the S.C. General Assembly passed the County Planning Act, permitting Charleston County to create a Planning Board. A month later, the Board of Commissioners appointed members to the board. On January 3, 1943, the commissioners hired a Planning Technician/Director. By March 24, 1943, the County Board of Commissioners approved the Planning Board's recommendations for an interim zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and regulations for tourist courts and trailer camps. On December 27, 1944, the Commissioners created the Board of Adjustment and appointed its members.
In June 1945, the Legislative Delegation, who at the time controlled the County's fiscal activities, declined funding for continuation of the Planning Board's activities. The Planning Director and Assistant Director resigned, leaving no administrative entity to enforce planning legislation.
Upon recommendation of the Chairman of the Planning Board Advisory Committee, in 1953 County Council created the Planning Department to write and administer the County's Subdivision Ordinance, which was adopted in 1955. Enabling legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly authorized adoption of this ordinance and subsequent zoning ordinances.
The Planning Act of 1994 mandated that by May 3, 1999, all South Carolina counties must bring plans and zoning ordinances into conformity with the provisions of the act. This law specifies how local governments must organize their planning commissions and boards of zoning appeals, processes applications and enforces ordinances. It also requires each Planning Commission to develop comprehensive plans with public participation and make recommendations to the local governing bodies. Charleston County adopted the first Comprehensive Plan for the County on April 20, 1999 and adopted the 10 year update of the Plan on November 18, 2008. The County's Zoning and Land Development Regulations ordinance was adopted on November 20, 2001, and amended accordingly.
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