Planning Commission

The Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Mayor and Town Council. Appointments are for four-year terms. 

The Commission Functions, powers, and duties of local Planning Commission (SC Code. Section 6-29-340)
  1. It is the function and duty of the local planning commission, when created by an ordinance passed by the municipal council or the county council, or both, to undertake a continuing planning program for the physical, social, and economic growth, development, and redevelopment of the area within its jurisdiction. The plans and programs must be designed to promote public health, safety, morals, convenience, prosperity, or the general welfare as well as the efficiency and economy of its area of jurisdiction. Specific planning elements must be based upon careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of existing conditions and probable future development and include recommended means of implementation. The local planning commission may make, publish, and distribute maps, plans, and reports and recommendations relating to the plans and programs and the development of its area of jurisdiction to public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional, and other organizations and citizens. All public officials shall, upon request, furnish to the planning commission, within a reasonable time, such available information as it may require for its work. The planning commission, its members and employees, in the performance of its functions, may enter upon any land with consent of the property owner or after ten days' written notification to the owner of record, make examinations and surveys, and place and maintain necessary monuments and marks on them, provided, however, that the planning commission shall be liable for any injury or damage to property resulting therefrom. In general, the planning commission has the powers as may be necessary to enable it to perform its functions and promote the planning of its political jurisdiction
  2. In the discharge of its responsibilities, the local planning commission has the power and duty to:
    1. prepare and revise periodically plans and programs for the development and redevelopment of its area as provided in this chapter; and
    2. prepare and recommend for adoption to the appropriate governing authority or authorities as a means for implementing the plans and programs in its area:
    3. zoning ordinances to include zoning district maps and appropriate revisions thereof, as provided in this chapter;
    4. regulations for the subdivision or development of land and appropriate revisions thereof, and to oversee the administration of the regulations that may be adopted as provided in this chapter;
    5. an official map and appropriate revision on it showing the exact location of existing or proposed public street, highway, and utility rights-of-way, and public building sites, together with regulations to control the erection of buildings or other structures or changes in land use within the rights-of-way, building sites, or open spaces within its political jurisdiction or a specified portion of it, as set forth in this chapter;
    6. a landscaping ordinance setting forth required planting, tree preservation, and other aesthetic considerations for land and structures;
    7. a capital improvements program setting forth projects required to implement plans which have been prepared and adopted, including an annual listing of priority projects for consideration by the governmental bodies responsible for implementation prior to preparation of their capital budget; and
    8. policies or procedures to facilitate implementation of planning elements.

MEETING TIMES
Monthly, every 1st Wednesday at 2:00 pm
To view Minutes and Agenda

Town Staff to the PC
John Taylor, Planning Manager, jtaylor@kiawahisland.org | 843-768-9166 ext. 114

First Name Last Name Terms Email Phone
William (Bill) Dowdy, Chair 2025 dowdy.bill@yahoo.com (843) 768-9166
Larry Iwan, Vice-Chair 2026 plinyiwan@msn.com (843) 768-9166
Eugene Babinec 2027 babinecgene@gmail.com (203) 434-3650
Andrew J. Capelli 2025 acapelli35@hotmail.com (843) 768-9166
E. Luke Farrell 2027 lef917@gmail.com (843) 768-9166
Joanne K. Hennessy 2024 hennj@aol.com (843) 768-9166
Ronald Curran, MD 2024 rdcurran@yahoo.com (843) 768-9166