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Town's Comprehensive Plan

Sullivan’s Island Comprehensive Plan 2018-2028

Adopted August 20, 2019

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The comprehensive plan communicates a community’s goals and objectives, provides a blueprint for future land use, and serves as the basis for zoning, land use and historic and environmental preservation. A comprehensive plan is a document consisting of text and a series of maps that:

  • Identifies a community’s goals and sets forth its vision for the future for preserving and improving upon the neighborhoods and way of life on Sullivan’s Island;
  • As part of its formulation, reaches out to a diverse group of stakeholders for their help, ideas, and expertise in the developing those goals and identifying the actions needed to achieve them; and
  • Provides decision-making guidance for establishing the laws, policies, and programs to achieve implementation

There are nine required "elements" that every Comprehensive Plan must address - population, housing, economic, community facilities, natural resources, cultural resources, land use, transportation, and priority investments. However, the recently adopted Sullivan’s Island Comprehensive Plan 2018-2028 showcases a tenth element addressing community resiliency planning & sea level rise.

2023 Comprehensive Plan 5 Year Review

Every 5 years the Town of Sullivan's Island updates the comprehensive plan's elements. The Planning Commission members, Town staff, along with community stakeholders provide special expertise on defined areas of the plan. Please see below for documents and links associated with the current review.

New SI Comprehensive Plan 5 Year Review Drafts

Please review the draft below. Please email Charles Drayton at by June 5, 2024 if you have any questions, comments or concerns.The final reading of the New Comprehensive Plan 5 Year Review will at the Planning Commission at 4:00pm, June 12, 2024 at Town Hall. Attendance and public comments are welcome.

New SI Comprehensive Plan 5 Year Review- Draft Redline Version

New SI Comprehensive Plan 5 Year Review- Draft Clean Version

Community Stakeholders

Examples of these stakeholders were Town staff, civic groups, business organizations, historic and environmental preservation groups and appointed citizens of Design Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and Tree Commission. Remember, every resident is an important stakeholder in the future development and implementation of the Sullivan’s Island Comprehensive Plan!