Summerville to update and consolidate zoning and planning regulations

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Summerville is updating its zoning ordinance and development regulations.

The town wants to make the regulations easier to understand and consolidate them into one document, a Unified Development Ordinance.

The drafted ordinance also includes some zoning changes such as mixed use areas for housing and businesses in Downtown Summerville. There are new design guidelines and street connectivity requirements.

The goal is to make it easier for residents to find information about planning and understand how it works in the town.

“It’s hard to find specific things if you’re just looking to do something specific like a homeowner who’s looking to add a screen porch to their house,” said Jessi Shuler, the director of planning for Summerville. “In this new ordinance we’ll have a lot more charts. So they could go to that one chart, find exactly what they need without having to read through three pages of stuff they don’t need.”

The draft of the ordinance can be found on the Town of Summerville’s website.

​Summerville wants input from residents on the ordinance and is holding public workshops. One workshop will be on Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at Alston-Bailey Elementary School located at 820 W 5th N St. in Summerville. Another workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at Oakbrook Elementary School located at 306 Old Fort Drive in Ladson.

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