As one of
South Carolina's 10 Regional Planning Councils, the
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments' primary
objectives are to assist local governments develop local and regional
plans within the tri-county region, as well as providing local
governments with planning and technical support to improve the quality
of life in the region.
governments in Berkeley and Charleston counties first created a Regional
Planning Commission in 1968 to encourage a regional approach to local
dilemmas. Dorchester County governments elected to join the group
three years later. The organization changed in 1976 to the
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG).
BCDCOG's by-laws call for a
governing board of 57 members, all of
whom are appointed by local governments within the three-county region.
This board, led by an Executive Committee, sets policy and provides
direction to the programs of the Council of Governments.