The Planning and Zoning Division of the Building and Development Standards Department oversees four boards and commissions.

Planning Commission

 The Planning Commission is a seven-member body that reviews and makes recommendations to Greer City Council concerning such requests as reviewing development plans in districts such as Planned Developments (PDs) for strict guidelines that are established, and granting final approval for subdivisions and other planning, zoning, and land development matters.  It also carries out a continuing planning program for the physical, social, and economic growth of the community.  The commission also considers amendments to the Zoning and Land Development Regulations, such as the Cluster Ordinance, provision for banners, and updating of Land Development Regulations (which include sidewalks and traffic impact studies for certain developments).

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a seven-member body whose powers and required findings are explicit in many instances.  However, the board’s power is limited to three specific areas: administrative review of decision of the zoning administrator; granting variances after a public hearing; and granting special exception after a public hearing.  Its purpose is to guide development in accordance with existing and future needs of the community, and to promote public health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity and general welfare.

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Construction Board

The Construction Board of Adjustments & Appeals is made up of five design professionals and two alternates, both of whom shall be in the construction industry.  It is the function of this board to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the building official relative to the application and interpretation of the codes.  An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of the code has been incorrectly interpreted, the provision of the code does not fully apply, or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed. The board shall have no authority to waive requirements of the code.

Board of Architectural Review

This board, formerly known as the Historic Review Committee, protects, preserves, and enhances the distinctive architectural and cultural heritage of the city; to promote the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the people of the city; to foster civic pride; to ensure harmonious, orderly, and efficient growth and development of the city; to strengthen the local economy; and to improve property values.

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