What is the Planning Commission?

The Planning Commission, as provided for by South Carolina law, is a seven member citizen appointed Commission in place for purposes of reviewing rezoning requests, zoning ordinance amendments, the Comprehensive Plan, the Capital Improvements Plan, and other items directed by Town Council for recommendation for approval or denial. Agenda items are initiated by staff, Town Council, and requests from property owners, and coordinated by the Planning and Economic Development Department. Recommendations by the Planning Commission are considered by Town Council for final approval or denial.

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1. What is zoning?
2. How do I find out if my property is located in unincorporated Dorchester, Charleston or Berkeley County or within the Town of Summerville? Why is that important?
3. How do I find the zoning and allowed uses of my property?
4. I am considering rezoning, or changing the use of my property. What do I need to do?
5. How can I find out the rules for developing or making use of my property?
6. Can I split (subdivide) my land?
7. What are the building setbacks on my property?
8. What if I need an address?
9. What if I want to remove a tree?
10. What is the Planning Commission?
11. What is the Commercial Design Review Board?
12. What is the Historic District/Board of Architectural Review?
13. What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?
14. How do I know if my project has to go before a Committee, Commission, Board or Town Council as part of the review process?