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Upper Peninsula Zoning District
July 2018 Update: A draft amendment will be considered by the City's Community Development Committee, Planning Commission and City Council.  

Link to Draft Amendment

  1. Community Development Committee: July 26, 4:30 PM, Charleston City Hall, 80 Broad Street
  2. Planning Commission (public hearing): anticipated August 15, 5:00 PM, 2 George Street
  3. City Council (public hearing): TBA

The proposed changes do NOT affect existing buildings and uses on property, but may affect redevelopment or new construction. 

The amendment addresses: 
  1. Strengthening requirements for workforce housing, this only affects new residential buildings 5 stories or higher;
  2. Adjusting the ordinance to reflect technological advances in renewable energy over the last few years, such as innovation in solar and electric charging stations, this only pertains to buildings 5 stories or higher;
  3. Fixing a few clerical technicalities, particularly related to connecting the zoning to the new 4-12 Height District which was created specifically for the Upper Peninsula Zoning District, and also clarifying required fire code and signage regulations that already exist.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by calling Katie at (843) 724-3789 or emailing .  You may also reach Philip at (843) 724-3788 or .  Thank you.



After over a year of tremendous public input, a new zoning district was approved in 2015 specifically designed for the Upper Peninsula that encourages growth to be sustainable and responsible. The Upper Peninsula Zoning District is incentive based offering height and density bonuses in exchange for added community benefits such as workforce housing, public open space and transportation improvements.

The UP Zoning District is a new base zoning district (not an overlay) designed specifically for the Upper Peninsula. It encourages responsible growth and sustainable development.   It allocates density in appropriate areas. It protects the character and livability of the existing residential neighborhoods. It encourages public and private investment and spurs economic development. It implements recommendations of City plans. It was designed by folks living, working and playing in the Upper Peninsula to positively impact the area.

“We recently passed a zoning ordinance which is the first in the state of South Carolina that we know of, that rewards sustainability.”

-Jacob Lindsey, the City of Charleston’s Director of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability in an interview with Quintin Washington