Saving Energy: Public Institutions
Application of the planning process to private and public actions affecting the development and use of land is known as “land use planning.” While planning initiatives can take many forms, the most effective tool for local governments is the comprehensive plan.
Designed as an official document, the comprehensive plan outlines general, long-term policies for the physical development of the jurisdiction. The South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994
establishes seven parameters for comprehensive plans. These include population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, and land use.
In addition to the seven parameters, the 1994 Act allows local governments to address other comprehensive plan parameters.