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Planning and Codes Boards and Commissions

 

The Board of Architectural Review

The Board of Architectural Review reviews and approves plans for new construction that are situated in one of the City’s architectural districts. The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. This seven member board is established with the following powers:

-Review new construction within established Architectural Overlay Districts
-Review new construction, exterior renovations, and new signs within the General Commercial District
-Review new construction within other areas as designated by ordinance

Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month provided there are agenda requests. Requests to appear in front of this board are made through submission of one of the following forms with the deadline for the submission:

-Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2017
-Board of Architectural Review Agenda Application
-Board of Architectural Review Variance Application
-Board of Architectural Review Appeal Application

Details regarding protocol for meetings, submissions, documents, etc. are available by calling the Zoning and Codes Administrator at 653-2050.

Board members are city residents appointed by City Council for a four year term. Specific criterion for certain board members is required.

Current Board Members are:
L Curtis Arnold
Christopher Kiss
Gina McLellan
Tal Slann
Wright Henry

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Architectural Review regarding matters related to an application. Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Architectural Review is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BAR may either 1) submit information in writing to the Zoning and Codes administrator no later than one week prior to a scheduled meeting and/or 2) at the first review of a new project or significant remodeling there will be a public input session where citizens will be allowed to speak per BAR by-laws.

Board of Architectural Review By-Laws

The Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board charged with the responsibility of considering requests for variances from a specific requirement of the City’s zoning ordinance. The BZA also hears appeals of petitioners seeking review of a decision made by the Zoning and Codes Administrator. The Board is also empowered to review and approve/disapprove requests for special exceptions. (Special exceptions are uses allowed in specified zoning districts upon determination by the BZA that the proposed location is appropriate. The BZA may impose additional conditions on the special exception if necessary.)

Meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month provided there are agenda requests. Requests to appear in front of this board can be made using the appropriate forms linked above. Meeting dates and deadlines for submission to the BZA can be found on the meeting calendar.

The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. The current members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are:
Eric Breazel
Ray Brown
Marvin Dixon
Elaine Richardson
Charlie Kernaghan
Jon Silkworth
Mindy Spearman

Meeting calendar and application deadlines for 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals regarding matters related to an application. Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BZA regarding a specific case will be allowed to do so during the public input session.

The Building and Fire Board of Appeals

The Building and Fire Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body charged with hearing appeals of decisions made by the City Building Official or to consider request for variances to specific code requirements imposed by the International Building Code.

This is a five (5) member board appointed by City Council. The board meets on an as needed basis.

Current board members are:
Abbas Fiuzat
Frances Gorsuch
Paige Lee
Allen Lohmann
Nathan Missel

The Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is an advisory board created by City Council to provide recommendations on a variety of land use related issues impacting the long term quality of life in the Clemson community. The Commission is responsible for reviewing and directing the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and land development regulations. Other duties of the commission include approval of street name requests, recommendations of rezoning requests, approval of land development applications, and recommendations regarding ordinance amendments.

-Planning Commission Planned Development Application-Zoning Map Amendment
-Planning Commission Planned Development Application-Comprehensive Plan Consistency Review
-Planning Commission Planned Development Application-Informal Public Meeting
-Planning Commission Rezoning Application
-Planning Commission Subdivision Request
-Planning Commissionn By-Laws
-Planning Commission Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2017

The current members of the Planning Commission are:
Ruth Andreasen
Frances McGuire
Mary Beth Green
John Peters
Eric Newton
Drake McNeary
Bill Aarnes
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Please refrain from contacting any member of the Planning Commission regarding matters related to an application. Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Planning Commission is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the Planning Commission may either 1) submit information in writing to the City Planner one week prior to a scheduled meeting and/or 2) at each Planning Commission meeting there will be a public input session where citizens will be allowed to speak.

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