What is the Design Review Board?

The purpose of the Design Review Board is to ensure the development of commercial corridors within the Town of Summerville that contribute to a sense of place and pride and further strengthen the integrity of Summerville’s historic and best characteristics. New mixed-use development, commercial, and industrial development of all types, multi-family development (excluding townhomes if less than 5 units), and major exterior modifications, are required to go before the Board for review of visual and aesthetic character and site layout.

The Board is granted the authority to determine the appropriateness of the construction of the commercial site in pursuit of achieving that style which is characteristic of the region, and of Summerville in particular. The Board also reviews master sign plans and changeable copy signs for commercial establishments for approval (new and alterations to existing). The process aims to respect the character, integrity, and quality of the built environment of the town, without stifling innovative architecture and/or development.

Please see the Town’s UDO, Section 13.3.5 and 13.8 to determine applicability.  Contact Town staff to discuss your particular project and schedule a pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee (TRC) if required.

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1. What is zoning?
2. How do I find out if my property is located in unincorporated Dorchester, Charleston or Berkeley County or within the Town of Summerville? Why is that important?
3. How do I find the zoning and allowed uses of my property?
4. I am considering rezoning, or changing the use of my property. What do I need to do?
5. How can I find out the rules for developing or making use of my property?
6. Can I split (subdivide) my land?
7. What are the building setbacks on my property?
8. What if I need an address?
9. What if I want to remove a tree?
10. What is the Planning Commission?
11. What is the Design Review Board?
12. What is the Historic District/Board of Architectural Review?
13. What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?
14. How do I know if my project has to go before a Committee, Commission, Board or Town Council as part of the review process?
15. How do I fill out a CitizenServe Application?