Planning Commission

The function of the Planning Commission is to undertake a continuing planning program for the physical, social and economic growth, development and redevelopment of Lancaster County. The Commission may make, publish, and distribute maps, plans and reports and make recommendations relating to the plans and programs and the development of the county and its municipalities to public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional, and other organizations and citizens. It is the function and duty of the Commission to review and revise local land use ordinances. The Commission recently prepared a Unified Development Ordinance for the County, revised those of the three municipalities, and wrote a Comprehensive Plan for the County and the three municipalities located within the county. Additionally, the Commission makes decisions regarding the subdivision of land.

Authority: Ordinance adopted by the Lancaster County Council on 8/1/05 (#684).

Governing Body: The Commission is composed of 7 members appointed by the Lancaster County Council, which represent the 7 County Council districts. Residency in the district for which the member is appointed is required. All members must be sworn in prior to participating in a meeting. Appointed members must comply with S.C. Code relating to orientation training (6 hours) and continuing education (3 hours each year).

Term of Office: 4-year staggered terms. Members may serve 2 consecutive terms, but will thereafter be ineligible for appointment for a period of two years after the expiration of any second four-year term.

Staff Liaison: Rox Burhans, AICP, Division Director; Ashley Davis, Planner; Katie See, AICP, Senior Planner; Robert Tefft, Senior Planner

Address: P. O. Box 1809, Lancaster 29721  (803) 285-6005

Meetings: The regular monthly meeting is the third (3rd) Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., Lancaster County Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 101 N. Main St. and at other times at the call of the Chair.  The Commission also holds a workshop on the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the same location as the regular monthly meeting.

Alan Patterson District 1 6/30/2025
Tamecca Neely District 2 6/30/2023
Charles Keith Deese District 3 6/30/2025
James Barnett District 4 6/30/2023
  District 5 6/30/2021
Shelia Hinson District 6 6/30/2023
Ben Levine District 7 6/30/2025
Rox Burhans, Division Director