Comprehensive Plan 2021

What is our Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan is the document that guides all planning-, zoning- and development-related decisions. The City of Beaufort's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2009. The process of updating it was extensive and thorough.

Our process

The Community & Economic Development Department presented the working outline of an updated Comprehensive Plan to City Council at its July 13 Work Session. This initial document incorporated relevant goals and objectives from the previous comprehensive plan, the Civic Master Plan, and the Strategic Plan as well as the Beaufort 2030 Vision Exercise. 

In the months since, extensive input was solicited from a variety of stakeholders, from the general public to diverse organizations such as USCB, Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority, Historic Beaufort Foundation, Sea Island Corridor Coalition, Coastal Conservation League, the Marine Corps Air Station, our various chambers, neighborhood associations, and many others.

We also set up a community engagement platform, and received several hundred comments through that.

Methodology used in Comprehensive Plan

A public hearing will be held on the final draft at 7 p.m. Nov. 9.


The overarching principles that guided the creation of this document are:

  1. Provide background information that will help inform future decisions and the formulation of goals and objectives going forward.
  2. Keep the document lean without compromising essential information.
  3. Make it easy to update.


Please go here to review the timetable.

Final draft

This final draft has been a collaborative effort between city staff, the Lowcountry Council of Government planning staff, and DesignWorkShop consultants.

The final draft can be found here. It is divided into subject matter so that each element can be reviewed more easily.

How to comment

Any final comments can be emailed to  Senior Planner Dan Frazier at Please include your name and address.

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