Effective Monday, March 15, 2021 public hours at the Administration Building will return to 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Per County policy, face coverings (which fully cover the nose and mouth) are required in County facilities as of Thursday, August 13, 2020. Masks will be made available for those without.
Please be advised that Lancaster County Development Services - Building, Planning, and Zoning departments will operate using an appointment system effective Monday, July 6, 2020. You may call these departments individually to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be allowed as schedule permits.
- Contact Departments using these phone numbers:
- Planning: 803-285-6005
- Zoning: 803-416-9777
- Building: 803-285-1969
- Services will continue to be provided via telephone, email, and through Evolve.
- A bin will be placed in the main lobby of the Administration Building for any physical development plans that need to be dropped for submittal.
For more information regarding COVID-19 and Lancaster County Operations, go online to www.mylancastersc.org/COVID-19.
Comprehensive land use plan
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Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan
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Southern Panhandle Small Area Plan
Attention: UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE (UDO) UPDATE 2020
Lancaster County adopted its current Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on November 28, 2016. In the three and half years following its adoption, County staff and the development community has identified various issues within the UDO and, while some issues have been addressed during this time, many remain. Concurrently, the County will be initiating the development of a new Comprehensive Plan in FY 2020-21 and cannot wait on the development and adoption of this Comprehensive Plan to address the persisting concerns within the UDO.
Accordingly, in March 2020, Lancaster County sought out the services of a qualified professional consultant to prepare a Diagnosis/Assessment Report of its current UDO and to assist with the subsequent update of the UDO based upon the Report. It is the County’s desire for this proposed UDO update to be of a relatively modest and targeted nature focusing on the most pressing issues associated with the ordinance.
The County envisions this as a two-phase project. Phase One will consist of developing the Diagnosis/Assessment Report which, in light of the focused nature of this project, public engagement would be limited to key stakeholders (i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Planning Commission, select developers and design processionals). Phase Two will consist of the preparation and composition of the UDO update based upon the recommendations within the Report and a list of specific corrections provided by County staff.
Upon adoption of the new Comprehensive Plan, a major rewrite of the UDO is anticipated that would take into account new planning policies and addressing more substantive structural issues with the UDO.
- Project Initiation Summary Memorandum (currently not available)
- Stakeholder Interview Summary (currently not available)
- Diagnosis/Assessment Report (currently not available)
- Draft UDO Update (currently not available)
The Lancaster County Planning Department is responsible for all of the planning activities which take place within Lancaster County, Town of Heath Springs, Town of Van Wyck and Town of Kershaw. The department is responsible for writing all of the regulations which govern development within these four jurisdictions and providing technical support to County Council, and general public in preparing for the future growth and development of the county. The Planning department is responsible for assisting the Planning Commission with guidelines to support community conservation efforts, preserve natural resources, and encourage smart growth and development.
|Type||Deadline to Submit||Public Notice|
|Rezoning||45 Days prior to Planning Commission||15 Days|
|Conditional Use Application||45 Days prior to Planning Commission||15 Days|
|Mixed-Use/Master Plan||45 Days prior to Planning Commission||15 Days|
|Text Amendment||45 Days prior to Planning Commission||15 Days|
|Major Subdivision||45 Days prior to Planning Commission||15 Days|
|Road Name Change||45 Days prior to Planning Commission||15 Days|
The Planning Department reserves the right to limit the number of total cases heard by the Planning Commission in a given month; which may defer a submitted application to a later month than what is represented in the table above.