This Plan updates and supersedes the previous Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1996.
The Plan, like its predecessor, is based on the directives of the Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994, and, as such, is intended to promote public health, safety, morals, convenience, prosperity and the general welfare of the Camden community. It is designed to serve as a guide to the physical, social, and economic growth, development and redevelopment of the city.
The City first adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 1969. Since then the City has maintained a comprehensive planning process and Comprehensive Plan, updating the document periodically to reflect change and retain relevancy. This document represents the fourth major revision and update of the initial 1969 Comprehensive Plan. Like the Comprehensive Plans before it, this Plan focuses principally on land use and physical development. This Plan, however, is broader in scope than earlier Plans, addressing in greater detail the seven planning elements defined by the Comprehensive Planning Act of 1994:
(1) Population Element
(2) Economic Development Element
(3) Natural Resources Element
(4) Cultural Resources Element
(5) Community Facilities Element
(6) Housing Element
(7) Land Use Element
(9) Priority Investment
On December 18, 2013, pursuant to SC Code §6-29-530 the City of Camden Planning Commission recommended the five-year update of the Comprehensive Plan to City Council for adoption. Per the guidance provided by the SC Planning Enabling Act, the purpose of the five-year review of the City’s Comprehensive Plan is to evaluate the Plan to determine any changes that may have occurred since its adoption in 2007, review the goals and strategies and update to reflect those that have been accomplished or may no longer be relevant, and consider any updates or changes that should be made to ensure that the Plan continues to be a relevant and viable source of information and guidance for the future growth and development of the City. The update was approved by City Council on March 11, 2014.