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Planning


Current Planning

The Planning Staff provides primary professional and technical support to the Planning Commission including preparation of meeting agendas, public notices, issue papers, and information packets. At the direction of the Planning Commission, the Planning Staff prepares drafts of ordinances, zoning text amendments, street name changes, and other reports as needed. This division also maintains the demographic profile/information about the Clemson community.

Land Development Regulations

In order to maintain the high quality of development expected by our residents, the City has adopted Land Development Regulations. These regulations provide minimum standards for land subdivision and the construction of required infrastructure necessary to support new development. This includes minimum requirements for roads and for water, sewer, and storm water facilities. The Planning Division Staff coordinates the required reviews with various City departments prior to submitting these plans to the Planning Commission for review/submission.

The Subdivision Application details all preliminary and final plat requirements of a planned development. 

The Planning Commission 2019 Meeting Calendar details all application deadlines as well as meeting dates. Click here to view upcoming agendas as well as archived agendas, meetings, and minutes. 

GIS/Mapping

Geographic Information System (GIS) combines traditional community based mapping with a variety of informational sources to create a powerful analytical tool for the City and its residents. The City's GIS division is housed in the Engineering department, but the Planning Division maintains a variety of data layers as part of the City's GIS program. 

For More Information on Specific Property

The City maintains a Zoning Map to detail what types of residences and/or businesses are allowed where in the City. For the most up to date Zoning Map, contact the Zoning and Codes Administrator at (864) 653-2050.

FEMA's Flood Mapping Service is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

After the decennial Census, district lines are redrawn and demographic information updated. The next Census will be conducted in April 2020, with new updated statistics updated in the months that follow.

Additional property information may be located at the County level:

Long Range Planning/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 (amended). 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 2014, the City adopted City of Clemson Comprehensive Plan 2024.

Chapter 1: Intro and Overview
Chapter 2: Citizen Participation
Chapter 3: Population Element
Chapter 4: Economic Element
Chapter 5: Cultural Resources Element
Chapter 6: Housing Element
Chapter 7: Natural Resources Element
Chapter 8: Transportation Element
Chapter 9: Town & Gown Element
Chapter 10: Community Facility Element
Chapter 11: Priority Investment Element
Chapter 12: Land Use Element
Appendix A: Citywide Survey

In late 2018, the City began the Comp Plan Review and Updating Process. Click here to view the update schedule and draft documents.

Planning and Codes Meetings, News, and Events Calendar