for the amount of protected land in South Carolina, and click here
to review South Carolina's federal transportation spending.
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
For an overview of South Carolina planning
and zoning statutes, see a summary provided by the American
To learn about proposed legislation in
the South Carolina Legislature supporting smart growth, visit the South
Carolina Coastal Conservation League Legislative Action Center.
South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive
Planning Enabling Act of 1994
This law essentially enables local and regional
bodies to set up independent planning agencies to coordinate land use and
transportation planning activities. The law does not mandate the
creation, but specifically allows for their creation. The city council
of each municipality may create a municipal planning commission. The county
council of each county may create a county planning commission. The governing
body of a consolidated government may create a planning commission.
Any combination of municipal councils and a county council or any combination
of municipal councils may create a joint planning commission.
HR 3782 Conservation Easements (2000)
This bill increases the income tax deduction
for willing landowners who sell a conservation easement to the state or
to non-profit land trusts to 25%.
Heritage Trust Program
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources'
Heritage Trust Program was created in 1976, the first such program in the
nation. It was to preserve those natural features and cultural remains
which are quickly disappearing as the state's population increases in size.
The program's purpose is to inventory, evaluate and protect the elements
considered the most outstanding representatives of our state heritage.
The Heritage Trust Program, part of the Wildlife
Diversity Section, is funded by appropriations, the Endangered Wildlife
Fund, the Endangered Species License Plate and by a small portion of revenue
collected from the real estate documentary stamp tax. The income is deposited
into the Heritage Land Trust Fund and used for acquisition of significant
natural and cultural areas.
"Billboard Battle Heats Up in Richland," The
State. March 6, 2001
"Chamber Opposes Urban Sprawl," Beaufort
Gazette. June 8, 2001.
"Affordable Housing on S.C. 170 Proposed," Beaufort
Gazette. June 11, 2001
Carolina Coastal Conservation League
The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
is a grass-roots, non-profit conservation advocacy organization backed
by more than 4,000 members. The Conservation League is working to protect
the environment and traditional landscapes of the South Carolina Coast
through its programs in Land Use, Water Quality, Forestry, and Education.
The Newsletter of the Conservation League is published quarterly and reports
on the work of League staff and members. The Conservation League maintains
offices in Charleston and Beaufort.
P.O. Box 1765
Charleston, SC 29401
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