Comprehensive Plans are Everywhere!

November 20, 2020

A comprehensive plan should provide a clear vision that describes the future of a county, city or town. It should respect property rights and encourage and support economic development. The well drafted plan inventories existing conditions and amenities and assesses their functionality and relationship to one another. It enables the jurisdiction to take stock of where it is today (strengths and weaknesses) and where it wants to go (opportunities and challenges).

The basis for the comprehensive planning process is in the SC Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994 (SC Code §6-29-310 through 6-29-1200), which repealed and replaced all existing state statutes authorizing municipal planning and zoning. The 1994 Act establishes the comprehensive plan as the first step of the planning process and mandates that the plan be systematically evaluated and updated. Elements of the plan must be reevaluated at least once every five years, and the entire plan must be updated at least every 10 years.

Several jurisdictions have recently completed their comprehensive plan process and adopted updates:

Three jurisdictions are currently in the process of updating their comprehensive plans and are welcoming comment. Below is a list of those jurisdictions and information on how to get involved:

One final jurisdiction will be updating its plan in the near future:

  • Hanahan (plans to begin the 10-year update in spring/summer 2021)

The Charleston Metro Chamber has always been and will continue to be involved in the creation of these comprehensive plans. Our Regional Policy Committee supports regional policy principles that will provide for sustainable growth in our region.

If you are impacted by a recently updated plan, we encourage you to read the plan. If you are potentially impacted by a plan under consideration, please contact me at sbarhight@charlestonchamber.org and we can add you to the list of business leaders who are engaged through the Regional Policy Committee.

In the meantime, enjoy reading your comprehensive plan. Happy Thanksgiving!

Scott Barhight
Senior Vice President of Government Relations

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