Downtown Plan

About the Plan

Through the thoughtful work of residents and businesspersons, the City’s Planning department and Urban Strategies, Inc, the first plan for downtown Charleston as a whole was created. While Charleston has adopted numerous plans, this was the first one focusing on the downtown area and on both its business and residential areas. A major theme for The Charleston Downtown Plan: Achieving Balance Through Strategic Growth is the development of tools that help Charleston manage its successful revitalization to maintain a good quality of life for its citizens. The plan was adopted by City Council in November of 1999.

Preparing the Plan

The Downtown Plan was prepared by the downtown Charleston community with the involvement of over 1,600 people at various downtown planning forums. People offered their ideas for downtown’s future through neighborhood meetings, workshops, and open houses at the public library and Farmers Market. An advisory committee made up of individuals who represented residents, businesses and institutions guided the plan. The City appreciates the time and interest which each of these citizens committed to the creation of the Downtown Plan. Thank you for making it your plan.

The Plan