Planning & Zoning Commission
A local planning commission has a duty to engage in a continuing planning program for the physical, social and economic growth, development and redevelopment of the area within its authority. The minimum seven elements of the comprehensive plan and any other elements prepared for the particular jurisdiction must be designed to promote public health, safety, morals, convenience, prosperityor the general welfare as well as the efficiency and economy of its area of concern. Each element of the comprehensive plan must be based upon careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of existing conditions and probable future development and include recommended means of implementing the plans. S.C. Code § 6-29-340.
Specific Planning Activities
In carrying out its responsibilities under the 1994 Act, the local planning commission has authority to do all of the following things. The local governing body or the planning commission may add activities. S.C. Code § 6-29-340.
- Comprehensive plan
The local planning commission must elect one of its members as chairperson and one as vice-chairperson for one-year terms. It must also appoint a secretary. The secretary is usually the planning director, if the planning commission has a staff, or some other employee of the local government. The secretary prepares and maintains minutes of meetings and other records. S.C. Code § 6-29-360.