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Planning and Codes Boards and Commissions


 

The Board of Architectural Review

The Board of Architectural Review reviews and approves plans for new construction that are situated in one of the City’s architectural districts. The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. This seven member board is established with the following powers:
 
  • Review new construction within established Architectural Overlay Districts
  • Review new construction, exterior renovations, and new signs within the General Commercial District
  • Review new construction within other areas as designated by ordinance

Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month (provided there are agenda requests). A complete schedule of meetings for the next year, along with application deadlines, is provided below.
Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2019
Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2020

Requests to appear in front of this board are made through submission of one of the following forms with the deadline for the submission:
Board of Architectural Review Public Input Sign-up Form
Board of Architectural Review Agenda Application
Board of Architectural Review Variance Application
Board of Architectural Review Appeal Application

Details regarding protocol for meetings, submissions, documents, etc. are available by calling the Zoning and Codes Administrator at (864) 653-2050.

Board members are city residents appointed by City Council for a four year term. More specific criterion for certain board members is required.

The current members of the BAR are:
L Curtis Arnold
Wright Henry
Todd G. Howard
Adam Jones
Kyle McCormick
Nathan Schaupp
Tal Slann

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Architectural Review regarding matters related to an application. Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Architectural Review is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BAR may either 1) submit information in writing to the Zoning and Codes administrator no later than one week prior to a scheduled meeting and/or 2) at the first review of a new project or significant remodeling there will be a public input session where citizens will be allowed to speak per Board of Architectural Review By-Laws.

The Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board charged with considering requests regarding changes and exceptions to the City's established zoning ordinance. The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council.  This seven member board is established with the following powers:
  • Considering requests for variances from a specific requirement of the City’s zoning ordinanc
  • Hearing appeals of petitioners seeking review of a decision made by the Zoning and Codes Administrator
  • Reviews and approves/disapproves requests for special exceptions. (Special exceptions are uses allowed in specified zoning districts upon determination by the BZA that the proposed location is appropriate. The BZA may impose additional conditions on the special exception if necessary.)

Meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month (provided there are agenda requests). A complete schedule of meetings for the next year, along with application deadlines, is provided below.
Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2019
Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2020

Requests to appear in front of this board can be made using the appropriate forms linked below. Meeting dates and deadlines for submission to the BZA can be found on the meeting calendar.
Board of Zoning Appeals Request for Variances
Board of Zoning Appeals  Request for Review of Decision 
Board of Zoning Appeals Request for Special Exceptions

The current members of the BZA are:
Eric Breazel
Ray Brown
Robert Healy
Charlie Kernaghan
Jonathan Silkworth
Mindy Spearman
Dorrington Williams

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals regarding matters related to an application. Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Zoning Appeals is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BZA regarding a specific case will be allowed to do so during the public input session.

The Building and Fire Board of Appeals

The Building and Fire Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body charged with hearing hearing appeals of decisions made by the City Building Official made by the City Building Official or to consider request for variances to specific code requirements imposed by the International Building Code.

This is a five (5) member board appointed by City Council. The board meets on an as needed basis.

The current members of the Building/Fire Board are:
Curt Edsall
Abbas Fiuzat
Frances Gorsuch
Alex Norwood
James Thackston

The Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is an advisory board created by City Council to provide recommendations on a variety of land use related issues impacting the long term quality of life in the Clemson community. The Commission is responsible for reviewing and directing the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and land development regulations. Other duties of the commission include approval of street name requests, recommendations of rezoning requests, approval of land development applications, and recommendations regarding ordinance amendments. The Commission is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. 

Meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month (provided there are agenda requests). A complete schedule of meetings for the next year, along with application deadlines, is provided below.
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2019
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2020

Requests to appear in front of this board can be made using the appropriate forms linked below. Meeting dates and deadlines for submission to the BZA can be found on the meeting calendar. Rules of order for Planning Commission Meetings are detailed in the Planning Commission By-Laws.

The current members of the Planning Commission are:
Larry Allen
Kathy Fulmer
Mary Beth Green
Elaine Richardson
Helen D Steele
Brad White

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Although interaction with the public is a critical component of the Planning Commission’s duties, any communication (or other activity) related to a specific development application that may be subject to Commission review is prohibited outside of a formal public session. Contact staff for more information.

Planning and Codes Meetings, News, and Events Calendar

Archived Planning Commission Meetings

Archived Board of Architectural Review Meetings

Archived Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings