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Planning Commission

Mission

Prepares and updates the Comprehensive Plan; reviews proposed zoning changes; reviews public project, conditional use, street and development name changes and traffic impact applications.

Overview

The Planning Commission is established pursuant to the authority of Section 6-29-310 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina.

The Planning Commission shall consist of nine (9) members. At least one (1) attorney and one (1) design professional (either a registered architect or a registered landscape architect).

Town Council appoints members to the Commission. All members shall be appointed for three-year terms. No member may serve for more than two successive terms, except for extraordinary circumstances where Council believes it to be in the best interest of the community to have a continuation for a specified period of a particular member of the commission.

A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business. Public notice of all meetings of the Planning Commission shall be provided by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town, in accordance with South Carolina Freedom of Information Act requirements.

The Planning Commission shall have jurisdiction over all lands within the Town. The Town Council may expand the jurisdiction of the Planning Commission by ordinance and/or intergovernmental agreement, in accordance with the provisions of Section 6-29-330 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina.

Powers and Duties:

The Planning Commission shall perform the duties and possess the powers as follows:

  1. Prepare and periodically revise plans and programs for the development and redevelopment of its areas as provided in Land Management Ordinance (LMO).
  2. Prepare and recommend for adoption to the Town Council as a means for implementing the plans and programs in its area:
    1. Zoning ordinances to include zoning district maps and appropriate revisions thereof;
    2. An official map and appropriate revisions of it showing the exact location of existing or proposed public street, highway and utility rights-of-way, and public building sites, together with regulations to control the erection of buildings or other structures or changes in land use within the rights-of-way, building sites, or open spaces within its jurisdiction, or a specified portion of it;
    3. A landscaping ordinance setting forth required planting, tree preservation and other aesthetic considerations for land and structures;
    4. A capital improvements program setting forth projects required to implement plans which have been prepared and adopted, including an annual listing of priority projects for consideration by the governmental bodies responsible for implementation prior to preparation of their capital budgets; and
    5. Policies or procedures to facilitate implementation of planning documents.
  3. Review and take action on street names.
  4. Review and make recommendations on public projects.
  5. Review and take action on certain traffic impact analysis plans.
  6. Review and make recommendations to the Town Council in regard to amendments to the text of the LMO.
  7. Review and make recommendations to the Town Council in regard to amendments to the official zoning map.
  8. The Planning Commission may delegate the authority to review and approve all subdivisions to the Administrator.

Appeal

Appeal from any final decision of the Planning Commission shall follow the procedures established in Chapter 2 of the LMO for the specific type of decision.