Planning Commission (PC)

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COVID-19 MODIFIED OPERATIONS UPDATE 

June 4, 2020

BOARD MEETINGS:  Planning Commission meetings and public hearings were cancelled March 16 - May 30.  Applications were deferred in the order received and will be placed on future meeting agendas. 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM BEGINNING IN JUNE. 

  • See the meeting agenda for the Zoom virtual meeting link and call-in option.  You will need to register with Zoom to view the virtual online meeting.
  • Information on each application, including documents provided by the applicant can be found in the Agenda Package.  
  • Public Comment Instructions: Please use one of the following methods to request to speak at the meeting or provide comments for the Commission.  Requests to speak at the meeting and comments must be received by 12:00 p.m.the day of the meeting: 
    1. Call 843-724-3765. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and agenda item.
    2. Sign-up to speak or leave comments for the Planning Commission (PC)  by completing the form a http://innovate.charleston-sc.gov/comments/ ;
    3. Send an e-mail to boards@charleston-sc.gov; or
    4. Mail comments to: Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability, 2 George Street, 3rd floor, Charleston, SC 29401.  

SUBMITTALS: Plans for Planning Commission meeting agendas will be accepted digitally; paper submittals will not be accepted at this time. Applications and plans in PDF format should be submitted directly to the board administrator, Christopher Morgan, via email.   Please note, 50MB is the maximum file size that can be received via email; contact staff directly to discuss larger files.

OTHER ITEMS: For all other department related inquiries, please continue communicating with staff via email and phone. Please visit the City of Charleston’s webpage for more information on the City’s response to COVID-19.

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PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Materials

Meeting materials from previous months can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter 

Regular Meetings

  • 5 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • 2 George Street
    1st Floor, Public Meeting Room
    Charleston, SC 29401

The commission’s meetings are open to the public and public comment is always permitted on any item before the commission.  

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. Agendas are also sent to all neighborhood residents and other interested parties who pay a yearly fee for such mailings.
Most recent agenda (PDF) | View all agendas and minutes

Overview

The City of Charleston Planning Commission is a group of citizens of Charleston appointed by the mayor and City Council to serve as a citizen advisory group for the council on planning related issues. The Planning Commission is comprised of nine individuals representing a broad cross-section of the city. The commission reviews plans, planning related ordinances such as:

  • Concept Plans
  • Rezonings
  • Street Names
  • Subdivision Requests
  • Zoning Ordinances

 The commission’s recommendations are then passed on to City Council, who have final say so, with the exception of subdivision approvals, which are the sole responsibility of the Planning Commission.

Comprehensive Plan

 The most important document the Planning Commission and city staff use in reviewing items that come before the commission is the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the Century V City Plan, which plots the city’s development and redevelopment for the next 10 to 15 years. This plan was reviewed and approved by both the Planning Commission and City Council to be the city’s guide for growth and development.

Other Responsibilities

The Department of Planning and Neighborhoods serves as staff advisers to the Planning Commission. As the city department responsible for all planning documents and reports in the city, Planning and Neighborhoods prepares various area plans and studies for presentation to the Planning Commission.

Planning and Neighborhoods also coordinates Planning Commission agenda items and reviews of agenda items by relevant city staff from departments such as Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability, Public Service, Traffic and Transportation, and Parks.

For more information on the Planning Commission, its agendas, or submittal requirements, please contact Christopher Morgan, Division Director, at 843-724-3774.

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