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Dorchester County Council Proclaims October 2019 as Community Planning Month

Post Date:10/08/2019 12:00 PM

At the Monday, October 7 County Council Meeting, Council proclaimed October 2019 as National Community Planning Month in appreciation of the Dorchester County Planning & Zoning Department.

The planning department reviews all development proposals, processes all property subdivision plats, coordinates E-911 addressing, staffs the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission, processes all rezoning, variance and special exception requests, enforces the zoning code, and reviews permits for signs, cell towers, and tree removal.

This small, but effective team has been busy serving the residents and business owners of Dorchester County. In addition to the above responsibilities the Planning & Zoning Department assisted in the creation of the Cooks Crossroads Design Guidelines and worked with developers to create a Cluster Development Ordinance to elevate design standards and preserve more green space in future residential developments.

The Cooks Crossroads Design Guidelines earned the department an award from the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association who recognized the project as the Large Jurisdiction Outstanding Project of the Year in 2018.

Additionally, the department was instrumental in the adoption of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, a ten-year plan that serves as a guide for the physical, economic, and cultural growth of the county.

Most recently, the Department launched an interactive projects & applications map that provides the public information on all rezoning, variance and special exception requests.

Planning, Development & Building Committee (of Council) Chairman, David Chinnis said “the Planning Department is one of the County’s greatest assets. From zoning codes enforcement to reviewing development proposals to guiding the comprehensive plan development, they are vital to our future.”