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Comprehensive Master Plan FAQs

What is the comprehensive master 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 once every 10 years and updates the document once every 5 years. This document is intended to provide a roadmap to the local community to direct decisions that impacts its long term growth.

In 2004, the City of Clemson Comprehensive Plan 2014 was adopted. This plan was updated in 2009. In December of 2014, the City recently adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for 2014  - 2024.

For more information on 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 the overwhelming majority of the strategies recommended in the 2004 plan were implemented over the ensuing10 years.

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