Planning Services Department is involved in a wide array of activities,
from developing long-range transportation objectives for the region, to
supervising efforts to keep our waterways free of pollutants. The
department participates in virtually every major planning endeavor of
regional significance. In some programs, the COG plays a small
role by having its staff serve on various committees. In other
projects, such as the comprehensive planning processes in Berkeley and
Dorchester Counties, the COG acted as the primary facilitator and
coordinated most activities.
actions of the COG's planning staff members overlap from time to time,
their tasks can usually be broken down into several distinct categories.
The BCDCOG is
designated by the state as both the area-wide planning agency for water
pollution reduction and the staff for metropolitan transportation
planning and public involvement. In addition, local governments
and non-profit organizations regularly enlist the COG to help conduct
studies to prepare plans.
One of the fastest growing roles of
the BCDCOG is Land Use Planning. The COG has long been involved in the
development of area wide strategies, but it's Planning Services
Department has recently gained an unprecedented importance in local
planning. These efforts are focused on two specific areas, comprehensive
planning and land use regulations.
Under the 1994 S.C. Local Government
Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act, all counties and municipalities
with land use regulations had to have comprehensive plans in place by
May 4, 1999. These plans, which contain seven distinct elements --
population, economics, natural resources, cultural resources, community
facilities, housing and land use -- are aimed at managing future growth
and preserving community identity. The BCDCOG is facilitating
updates or has completed such plans for several local governments
The BCDCOG will be hosting the following APA Webcasts. All webcasts run
from 1-2:30pm and are shown in the BCD Council of Governments conference
room with an MASC approved facilitator so board and commission members
can earn required continuing education credits.
here to register
for the webcasts