Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What is a zoning ordinance?

A: It is the document which sets land uses and establishes massing, dimension, and bulk standards for construction in the city.

Q What is the process for approving and adopting the Proposed Zoning Ordinance

A: The Proposed Zoning Ordinance has already been reviewed and recommended by the Planning Commission. There will be a drop-in question and answer day on June 16 from 8am to 5pm in the lower conference room at City Hall. On June 23, from 6pm to 8pm, City Council is holding a public hearing to gather comments. City Council will then hold two readings of the ordinance and will vote on the adoption of the proposed zoning ordinance.

Q: Do I need to make an appointment for the drop-in question and answer day?

A: No, you do not need to make an appointment. Staff will be available all day to answer any questions.

Q: I can’t find out what my property is zoned?

A: We have provided step-by-step instructions and links to direct you to the Pickens County Tax Assessor’s site. The instructions are found HERE.

Q: How do the changes affect me?

A: R-20 & R-12 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES – Most of the changes do not affect your property. Please see online to Fact Sheet #1 for basic document changes, and Fact Sheet #2 for the summary of changes in R-20 and R-12 Districts.

    RM-1, RM-2, RM-3, RM-4 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES - Most of the changes do not affect your property, but rather affect commercial developments. Please see the Fact Sheets for more information on your specific district. If you do not know which district you are in, please follow the instructions online to determine your current zoning HERE.

    COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – Refer to Fact Sheet #1 for basic document changes and follow the instructions online to determine your current zoning and the changes for that zoning district. If you did not receive a Goldenrod colored letter, your zoning designation is not proposed to change. Please determine your zoning and reference the associated Fact Sheet for your zoning designation. **Activities and uses that are legally occuring at the time the proposed ordinance is adopted will not be affected. If you see something specific in the proposed ordinance that you are concerned about, please call.

Q: I received a Blue Letter that says someone within 200ft of my property has a proposed zoning designation change. What does this mean?

A: If you received a blue letter your property is NOT being rezoned. You received a letter because a property located within 200ft. of property you own is proposed to be rezoned. The ordinance proposes rezoning upper College Ave and Keowee Trail (from Carolina Real Estate to Walgreens) and the Commercial Properties along Old Greenville Hwy (from Palmetto’s Smoke House to the Parking Spot) to Commercial Mixed-Use (CM). This is a zoning designation which pulls buildings further from the rear of the property closer to the street. Allows for greater protection of adjacent residential areas, and allows greater uses than what are currently allowed in the CP-1, Neighborhood Commercial or RLC, research limited commercial. The proposed changes may be found online in Fact Sheet #8 and Fact Sheet #10. There are also 4 properties which are proposed to be changed from OC, office commercial to OP, office professional. Those proposed changes can be found online in Fact Sheet: #13. Also see Fact Sheet #16

Q: I own property located in a Planned Development (PD). How does the proposed zoning ordinance affect me?

A. There are NO proposed changes to any Planned Development. This includes: Patrick Square, Village at Berkeley, Aspen Heights, Clemson Town Center, Morrison Annex, The Retreat, Sleepy Hollow, The Orchard, Issaqueena Trail/Clemson Home Center PD, Clemson Towers, Village Walk, Berkeley Place, The Woodlands, Sunset at Valley Walk, and Clemson Professional Development PUD.


If you have any questions or you cannot find what you are looking for online please call 864-653-2050 to talk with Sharon, Jennifer, or Todd. We will continue to update the Frequently Asked Question page as questions are brought to our attention.