Reducing energy use in public institutions results in reduced energy costs to taxpayers and decreases the burden of increased energy costs on public institutions, thereby allowing money to be diverted back into the South Carolina economy. For these reasons, as well as the need to protect our environment and reduce dependence on imports, public institutions in South Carolina have made significant strides toward becoming models of energy efficiency.
Application of the planning process to private and public actions affecting the development and use of land is known as “land use planning.” While planning initiatives can take many forms, the most effective tool for local governments is the comprehensive plan.
Designed as an official document, the comprehensive plan outlines general, long-term policies for the physical development of the jurisdiction. The South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994 establishes seven parameters for comprehensive plans. These include population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, and land use.