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Continuing the Work of Plan Together.

The City of Columbia and Richland County are undertaking rewrites of their respective Zoning Ordinances and Land Development Regulations. These efforts are are an extension of city-county comprehensive plan updates that began in 2014. The updates will ensure that development regulations align with recent plans, reflect contemporary best practices, and are more user-friendly.

City of Columbia

The City of Columbia’s Zoning Ordinance and Land Development regulations rewrite began in May 2015 following the adoption of Plan Columbia. It will ensure the city’s regulations are in accordance with and implement Plan Columbia and The Columbia Plan 2018.

Richland County

Richland County’s Zoning Ordinance and Land Development regulations rewrite process began in early 2017. It will ensure that the County’s regulations are in accordance with and implement the Richland County Comprehensive Plan.

The Process

A comprehensive zoning ordinance and land development regulations rewrite is a significant undertaking. The City of Columbia and Richland County are undertaking separate but coordinated efforts that are each expected to take two years to complete, divided into the following tasks.

Each of these tasks involves opportunities for public review and input.

Task 1

Initiation the project, which includes public outreach and input about key project goals and strengths and weaknesses of the current regulations.

Task 2

Preparing Code Assessment, which involves recommending approaches to achieving the project goals and an outline of the rewritten Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations.

Task 3

Drafting Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations, in two installments.

Task 4  & 5

Preparing Public Hearing Draft of Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations, drafted during Task 4 for Columbia (the final task) and during Task 5 for Richland County (after testing the revised regulations in Task 4).

 

Richland County’s process is in Task 2 with the Code Assessment meetings in February, 2017.

The City of Columbia’s process is in Task 4 with the public review draft released in December 2017.

Plan Together began in 2014 as an unprecedented opportunity for citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County to shape long-term plans for the future. The chance to work together as we update our growth policies has never happened before and it may be another generation before we have another chance like it. Community input was incorporated throughout those plans, which were adopted by their respective elected bodies in early 2015.

Whether you participated in the initial planning process or not, you now have another opportunity to shape the City and County’s development policies through the Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations Rewrites.

Frequently asked questions

Join our email lists to receive project updates:

City of Columbia email list

Richland County email list

Why you should participate

Here are two reasons why you should get involved the Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations Rewrites.

1

It's your community. You are the expert.

We need your ideas, input and feedback to ensure that the new ordinances reflects community values and aspirations expressed in Plan Columbia and Plan  Richland County. Who knows the community better than someone who lives and or works here?

 

2

This is a special opportunity

A zoning ordinance update is a rare chance for you to be a part of creating positive change in policy, impacting the growth of your area for years to come.