Comprehensive Plan is a document intended to guide and shape future growth of a
community. The South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling
Act of 1994 establishes authority for local governments to create the Planning
Commission and to follow the Comprehensive Planning process as set forth by the
Planning Commission. The Comprehensive Plan is organized into nine elements as
follows: Population, Housing, Cultural Resources, Natural Resources, Economic
Development, Transportation, Priority Investment, Community Facilities and Land
Use. Each element includes an inventory of existing conditions, statement of
needs and goals of the community, and implementation strategies to achieve
intent of the plan is to identify expected development patterns and to guide
and facilitate growth in a manner that is respectful of the County’s natural
and cultural resources. After engaging in a robust public participation effort,
staff completed major updates to the Land Use and Priority Investment elements
for the 2015 plan, and the Transportation element was updated to incorporate
goals and strategies related to the Penny Sales Tax. All other elements were
reviewed to ensure that data was updated and relevant.
Department held three rounds of public meetings to receive public input for the
plan. The first round of meetings, referred to as Community Conversations, was
held in order to introduce county citizens to the Comprehensive Planning
process and begin the initial stage of information-gathering. The second round of meetings, called Choices
Workshops, included interactive polling as a fun way to get feedback from
citizens regarding their perspectives on growth and development and preservation
of natural resources in their communities. Finally, a third round of meetings
was held to present the draft plan to citizens and ensure that comments from
previous meetings had been acknowledged and addressed in the plan. The draft
plan was presented to County Council in early 2015 and formally adopted on
March 17, 2015.
Please click on the links below to view the official version of the 2015 Richland County Comprehensive Plan.
2015 Comprehensive Plan
2015 Comprehensive Plan Appendix
Please click on the link below to view the official Future Land Use Map (FLUM) that accompanies the Land Use element of the Comprehensive Plan.
Future Land Use Map
Questions or comments regarding the Comprehensive Plan can be addressed to: Tracy Hegler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-576-2190.