What is the role of the Planning and Codes Department?
To administer ordinances adopted by the City of Clemson that govern the development and use of private property within the City.
How can I stay informed about projects being proposed in Clemson?
The City invites and encourages citizen participation in all aspects of our government. There are many ways to stay informed.
Sign up for our citywide e-mails. This includes special announcements, meeting reminders, and other happenings. To join the mailing list click here.
Visit the City website regularly and review the calendar of upcoming meetings and read the agendas for those meetings. The agendas identify when a project is up for review or discussion by the various boards, commissions, and Council.
In addition, the agendas for all meetings of City Council, the Board of Architectural Review, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals are advertised in the Daily Journal and copies are physically posted at the information kiosks at City Hall.
All Council, BAR, BZA, and Planning Commission meetings are streamed live on YouTube.
How can I voice my opinion on projects taking place in Clemson?
The City of Clemson staff cares deeply about your concerns and ideas. The most meaningful vehicle for public input is to attend and participate in the meetings of the various boards, commissions, and councils. Most City meeting have a public input component. In addition, all major projects have at least one public input session designed specifically to solicit public opinion. Citizens are also able to email Planning and Codes staff and we will ensure that your message is relayed to the appropriate board, commission, or Council.
Can I review drawings that have been submitted for a project in Clemson?
Once a project has been submitted for approval by any of the boards, commissions, or councils those drawings become public record and are available for review by anyone who wishes to see them. In many cases the drawings or plans can be viewed on the City website. In other cases the drawings are too large, numerous, or otherwise unavailable for on-line viewing and must be viewed by appointment at the Planning and Codes Department. To make an appointment call 864-653-2050.
Where can I view a copy of the City codes and ordinances?
A link to the City Code of Ordinances can be found on the Home Page of the City Website. For a direct link to the Code of Ordinances click here.
How can I determine the zoning designation of a piece of property?
The zoning map can be found here. You can also email the Zoning and Codes Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note: Although the County Tax Assessor website may indicate a property’s zoning designation, it may or may not be current; contact the Planning and Codes Department for more information.
What standards/regulations are in place for a specific zoning designation?
Although the Zoning Ordinance can be found here, you are encouraged to contact the Zoning Administrator by email email@example.com with specific question.
What is the comprehensive plan?
South Carolina state law requires that all jurisdictions engaged in local planning and land use regulation comply with the requirements of Title 6 Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Code of Laws (the South Carolina Comprehensive Enabling Act of 1994). One of the main requirements of this legislation is that each community adopts a comprehensive plan. This plan, although not in itself regulatory, serves as a roadmap for the city to use in decision making. All comprehensive plans in the state must be updated no later than every 10 years, and be reviewed no later than every 5 years. It should be noted that these deadlines are the maximum time limits, so plans can be reviewed and amended earlier if desired, but proposed change to a document is subject to all of the requirements established for the adoption of a complete plan.
In 2004, the City of Clemson Comprehensive Plan 2014 was adopted. This plan was updated in 2009. In December of 2014, the City adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for 2014 - 2024. In December of 2019, Council approved an updated version of the Comprehensive Plan.
For a current copy of the Comprehensive Plan click here.
How is the Comprehensive Plan implemented?
The Comprehensive Plan is a roadmap for the City of Clemson to use in decision-making. As is true with the majority of municipalities in the state, Clemson’s Comprehensive Plan is not an enforceable document. Each goal, objective, and strategy is to be considered by the assigned participants. However, until such time as City Council or a City department allocates resources or takes action or until such time as a volunteer organization allocates resources or takes action a specific strategy will not be implemented.
It is worth noting that 60% of the strategies recommended in the 2014 plan were implemented over the ensuing 10 years.