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Plans, Reports and Studies

Comprehensive Plans

The Anderson County Comprehensive Plan serves as a framework for guiding long-range policy decisions related to the physical, social, and economic development of Anderson County over the next twenty years. The Plan addresses a wide range of issues that affect the County; it is future-oriented in its analysis of emerging trends and their implications; and it is responsive to the public interest by recognizing the concerns of local citizens and incorporating community input.

The Comp Plan meets the requirements of South Carolina’s Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994, as well as all subsequent revisions. The 1994 Act provides local governments the legal authority to undertake a continuous planning process for growth and development in their jurisdictions. The Comprehensive Plan is the essential first step in that planning process.  

Please check Charter Channel 193 for further details.

2007 Comprehensive Plan
2016 Comprehensive Plan

Special Area Plans

The 2016 Anderson County Comprehensive Plan recommends the development of special area plans in seven regions of the County. Special area plans are focused studies in key areas that enable the development of growth strategies best suited to local needs.

The Northeast County Area Plan (NECAP) process began in August 2016, at the direction of County Council and the County Administrator. The first community meeting was held on February 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Powdersville Library. During this time an overview of the area's baseline conditions was presented, along with the dissemination of a survey to help prioritize citizen concerns. A second community meeting was held on April 24, 2017 to discuss the survey results and plan recommendations. Multiple Town Hall meetings were held to discuss the plan, with hundreds of residents in attendance. The NECAP plan then moved to a public hearing before presentation to the Planning Commission. After the Planning Commission recommended approval of the Plan, the document moved forward to County Council for a second public hearing and three readings. County Council formally adopted the NECAP Plan on December 5th, 2017.

A link to the NECAP Plan is below, with all survey results attached.



Breathe Clean Anderson (Air Quality Awareness Campaign)

Air is essential. The quality of that air is just as important. That's why, in 1970, Congress passed the Clean Air Act (CAA). This is a comprehensive federal law enabling the regulation of air emissions from stationary and mobile sources, through the establishment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Learn more about what pollutants we are concerned about and why you should care here.
2016 Air Quality Awareness Week Proclamation
2017 Air Quality Awareness Week Proclamation

Ozone season for 2017 has officially started. Stay informed! Check out daily air quality forecasts (April - September) and learn more about what you can do through these organizations:, SCDHEC, Clean Air Upstate

What are you doing throughout the year to help improve our air quality? Tweet how you are making a difference using #BreatheCleanAC. Stumped for ideas? You can find some quick and easy steps here. Check this out to get your kids involved.

Our 2nd annual Air Quality Awareness Week Campaign was May 1-5, 2017.  This year, we had people participate through one of the many opportunities held during the week. Thanks to everyone who did participate. #BreatheClean17 may be over, but we still aren't done. Ozone season is March through October for South Carolina and individual choices play a big part. Want to help? Please contact Celia Boyd Myers for more information.

Monday, May 1st - Kick off and Education Seminar was held at the Powdersville Library with guest speaker: Dean Hybl, Director of Ten at the Top/Clean Air Upstate.
Tuesday, May 2nd - Green Your Business Day! May 1-5, 2017 was proclaimed Air Quality Awareness Week by Anderson County Council.
Wednesday, May 3rd - Green Your Ride Day! In partnership with Electric City Transit and the City of Anderson, we hosted a Try Transit Day. All transit rides on Wednesday were free for everyone. For those who couldn't try transit, many tried carpooling, combining errands in a single trip, walking or biking.
Thursday, May 4th - Green Your School Day! Schools in the Anderson County area were encouraged to incorporate air quality education in their daily activities and other "green" choices.
Friday, May 5th - Green Your Home Day! Everyone in Anderson was encouraged to pick a green choice of their preference. Options included using electric yard tools, switching to energy efficient lighting, checking your air filters, recycling and countless more.

Whatever activity you chose throughout the week, please tell us about it! Email, post or tweet using #BreatheClean17.

Green Infrastructure Plan

Green Infrastructure refers to our underlying natural assets - soil, water, trees, flora and fauna. Through a grant awarded by the SC Forestry Commission, Anderson County has created a base map of our highest quality green infrastructure cores. We have also developed Anderson County's first Green Infrastructure Plan, explaining what resources we have, where they are, why we should plan for them and how you can help. The plan can be found below.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 where it voted to recommend this plan to full Council for adoption. County Council approved 1st reading on October 18, 2016; and approved 2nd reading on November 1st following a Public Hearing. On November 15, 2016, County Council adopted on 3rd reading the Green Infrastructure Plan.

Community outreach is a primary objective of this plan. We are available to speak to your organization, club or group regarding this issue and how you can play a part. Please contact Celia Boyd Myers for more information or to arrange a speaking opportunity.

Many thanks to the Country Garden Club for allowing me to speak at your April meeting!

Base Map of Core Quality
Base Map of Core Size
Green Infrastructure Plan

The Gateway to Anderson (Highway 81) Overlay

On January 20, 2015, County Council passed Resolution #2015-005, requesting the Administrator instruct staff to begin the Highway 81 Overlay process. Staff presented this resolution to the Planning Commission on February 10, 2015. Postcards were mailed to all property owners within 2,000 feet of the proposed Overlay to notify of community meetings to gather input. The Kick-Off Community meeting was held at the Anderson Area YMCA on March 12th and saw 60 citizens come out to view a brief presentation and provide feedback into the process through surveys and comments. Staff received 58 completed surveys over the following weeks from that first meeting - a phenomenal percentage. On March 26th, these results and a draft version of the Overlay Study was presented at the next Community meeting. The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on April 14th to receive comments on this draft; and then forwarded it to full Council on May 5, 2015 with a recommendation of approval. After three readings and a Public Hearing, County Council voted to approve the Design Regulations phase of the Overlay. It was also renamed as The Gateway to Anderson Overlay.

The Gateway to Anderson Overlay Design Regulations
Map of Overlay Highlighting Affected Properties

The East-West Parkway Overlay

In September 2010, County Council made a request in the form of a resolution, in response to concerns expressed by area residents over several rezoning requests along the East-West Connector Corridor. This study and subsequent Overlay was designed to create a residential corridor along the East-West Connector to preserve the neighborhood characteristics of the Corridor. A Kick-Off Community meeting was held November 3, 2010 to gather public input through surveys and comments. A follow-up meeting was held November 17, 2010. The draft was then presented in a Public Hearing before the Planning Commission in January 2011. County Council adopted and implemented the Overlay on March 1, 2011.

The East-West Parkway Overlay
Map of Overlay

The Royal American Overlay

In February 2013, County Council passed Resolution #2013-006 requesting an overlay district to protect the residential areas along Royal American Road (also known as Frontage Road) from nuisances arising from non-residential activity. Staff presented the draft regulations to the Planning Commission on February 12, 2013 and then to County Council in March. Ordinance #2013-009 was adopted March 19, 2013. 

The Royal American Overlay Ordinance with Regulations
Map of Overlay

Road Functional Classification List

In early 2015, the Road Functional Classification list was updated by County staff and presented before the Planning Commission and County Council. On April 21, 2015, after three readings and a Public Hearing; County Council approved the new Road Functional Classification list. This list classifies every road within the Anderson County road system.

Road Functional Classification Ordinance
Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C
Exhibit D
Exhibit E
Exhibit F