Planning Commission (PC)

coronavirusMODIFIED OPERATIONS UPDATE 

MARCH 31, 2020

City officials and staff are taking the following additional steps to protect public safety in response to the evolving Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Updates will be provided as conditions change.

BOARD MEETINGS:  Planning Commission meetings and public hearings have been cancelled through April 10, 2020. Applications will be deferred in the order received until the next available meeting agenda. 

BOARD SUBMITTALS: Plans for future Planning Commission meeting agendas will be accepted digitally; paper submittals will not be accepted. 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.

The Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability will update our operations as conditions change. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this challenging period.

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PLANNING COMMISSION

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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