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
- 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.
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 Charleston City Plan, which plots the city’s development and redevelopment for the next 10 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.
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.
To view the list of current Planning Commissioners, click here.