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For over 25 years, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) has been a leader in planning activities and an active resource for planners, communities, citizens, elected and appointed officials, and allied professionals throughout the state. SCAPA has an active and growing membership of about 350 members. It serves a diverse group of planning professionals embracing a variety of disciplines. The membership includes professional planners (public, private, and academic), planning commissioners, board of zoning appeals members, building officials, neighborhood group leaders, urban designers, economists and students of planning and community development. Among its members are several planners of international acclaim who have developed innovative approaches to critical issues facing our nation's cities and regions.

Access the links at the side of this page for additional, specific information on the organization.

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Through three conferences each year, SCAPA brings in national, regional and statewide experts to address topics that affect its membership. Topics of past sessions include: comprehensive planning, open space preservation, transportation, "property rights", waterfront development, watershed protection, community visioning, new urbanism, infrastructure plans, economic development, migration, tourism, coastal resources, geographic information systems, military base closure, greenways, effective communication, board of zoning appeals, ISTEA, working with the media, and growth management. The Chapter, in conjunction with the USC Institute for Public Affairs also conducts annual workshops and training sessions for Zoning Boards of Appeals and Planning Commissions. Conferences are also used as forums on legislative issues, providing input to legislation authors or discussing strategies for encouraging or discouraging planning related legislation.

Clemson University's Department of Planning, Development and Preservation works with the Chapter to promote planning throughout South Carolina, and is the home for SCAPA's quarterly newsletter The Palmetto Planner. The newsletter contains summaries of planning agencies' activities throughout the state, featuring articles on significant projects, updates on APA activities and legislative issues, a calendar of planning events, and articles related to Chapter business. Publication costs are supported by a number of planning or planning-related consultants.

Approximately 25% of the practicing planners who are members of SCAPA have met the requirements to be accepted as members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The Chapter promotes AICP membership and coordinates preparation for the exam, which is administered each spring.

SCAPA serves as a resource to our membership available to provide professional and/or technical information regarding a variety of legislative matters.  Basic legislative issues of the organization include:

  • SCAPA is opposed to any bill that changes the definition of, and the compensation for, a regulatory ďtakingĒ beyond that already established by the Courts.

  • SCAPA supports the concept of Home Rule

  • SCAPA supports sustainable development practices and is interested in the development of ďSmart GrowthĒ legislation that is appropriate for South Carolina.

  • SCAPA supports the concepts of community comprehensive planning established in the Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994.

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Mission Statement
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association is organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning - physical, environmental, economic and social - in South Carolina. The objective of SCAPA is to encourage planning that will contribute to the public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the diverse needs of South Carolina.

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Click here to view or download the bylaws of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Officers / Committees / Representatives

Executive Committee



Robert Moody, AICP

Senior Planner

Catawba Regional Council of Governments

PO Box 450

Rock Hill, SC  29731-6450

P: (803) 327-9041


Ernie Boughman, AICP

Southeast Regional Office Director

Toole Design Group, LLC

PO Box 2826

Spartanburg, SC  29304

Immediate Past President
Susan Britt, AICP

Planning Director

City of Tega Cay

PO Box 3399

Tega Cay, SC 29708

P: (803) 548-3513 x4



Steve Allen, AICP
Planning Services Manager
York County Planning and Development Services
1070 Heckle Boulevard, Bldg. 107
Rock Hill, SC 29732
P: (803) 909-7220
John Newman, AICP
1401 Fairview Drive
Columbia, SC 29205
P: (803) 622-8018


Andrea Pietras, AICP

Planner II

Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department

4045 Bridgeview Drive

North Charleston, SC 29405

P: (843) 202-7219


Professional Development Officer

Kendra Cobbs, AICP

Planner II

City of Florence Planning, Research & Development

324 West Evans Street

Florence, SC 29501

P: (843) 665.2047

Communications Officer
Andrea Harris-Long
Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
P: 843.202.7203

Clemson University Representative

Cliff Ellis, PhD

Associate Professor & Program Director

Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning

3-120 Lee Hall, Box 340511

Clemson University                  

Clemson, SC  29634-0511

P: (864) 656-2477

Clemson Student Chapter Representative

Grant Sparks

Graduate Student

College of Charleston Liaison
Kevin Keenan, Ph.D.
Urban Studies Program Director
College of Charleston
26 Coming Street, Room 101
Charleston, SC 29424 P: 843.953.5679

Commissioner Representative


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APA/SCAPA Membership Information

Full Membership and Student Membership

To become a full member of SCAPA you must also join APA.  Check out the APA Membership Information website for membership information.

Chapter Only Membership

Citizen planners, elected officials, and members of related professions can join SCAPA as a Chapter Only Member and take advantage of the following Chapter benefits:

  • Quarterly membership meetings on such topics as State planning-related legislation, growth management initiatives, natural resources conservation, historic preservation and information technology

  • Training workshops for Planning Commissions and Boards of Zoning Appeals

  • Quarterly Chapter newsletter, the Palmetto Planner

  • Membership Directory, with alphabetical and regional listings

  • Active Committees on:

    • Legislative Issues

    • Professional Development

    • Newsletter

    • Membership

    • Awards and Recognition

Chapter Only Membership annual dues are $35.00.  Click here to go the the APA website to download the form.

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South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association  |  PO Box 10562  |  Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731  |  (803) 479-9445  |