Planning & Zoning

The Planning Department provides a wide-range of public services in regards to planning and zoning, including: Processing land use applications; Providing public information related to zoning, mapping, and historic preservation; Preparing and reviewing long-range plans, policies and programs that promote land use policy established by Town Council; and, Enforcing land development regulations for the Town of Summerville.

The department also provides staff support to the Town’s Planning Commission, Commercial Design Review Board, Historic District/Board of Architectural Review, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Tree Advisory Protection Committee, and coordinates all applications and/or requests to be considered by these citizen-appointed commissions and boards.

Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Update

The Town of Summerville is in the process of updating the zoning ordinance and land development regulations into a UDO. When completed the UDO will consolidate all regulations that govern development in the Town of Summerville into one document that will include tables, charts, and graphics to make it more accessible and user-friendly.

The update will take approximately 18 to 24 months, and the Town will seek public input from citizens, developers, and other interested parties throughout the project. Please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department for additional information.