What is SCAPA?
For over four decades, 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 550 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.
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 supports the concept of Home Rule.
- SCAPA supports sustainable development practices and is interested in the development of “Smart Growth” legislation that is appropriate for South Carolina.
- SCAPA supports the concepts of community comprehensive planning established in the Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994.
More on SCAPA
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, transportation policy, working with the media and growth management. Conferences are also used as forums on legislative issues, providing input to legislation authors or discussing strategies for encouraging or discouraging planning related legislation.
We produce a bimonthly newsletter, The Palmetto Planner, that 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. Over 40% 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 twice per year.
APA/SCAPA and Student Membership Information
Check out the APA Membership Information website for membership information. We encourage all planning professionals to join APA (SCAPA membership included) to receive full APA benefits, such as applying for AICP certification. Students may receive free membership through their college/university.
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:
- Reduced registration at statewide conferences on such topics as state planning-related legislation, growth management initiatives, natural resources conservation, historic preservation and information technology
- Bimonthly Chapter newsletter, the Palmetto Planner
- Active Committees on:
– Legislative Issues
– Professional Development
– Awards and Recognition
Officers / Committees / Representatives
Immediate Past President
Andrea Pietras, AICP
Charleston County Zoning & Planning Department
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
P: (843) 202-7219
Professional Development Officer
Amy T. Southerland, AICP
Tourism & Special Events Manager
City of Charleston Department of Livability & Tourism
75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3400
Charleston, SC 29401
P: (843) 720-3876
Young/Emerging Planners Group
Clemson University Representative
John Gaber, PhD, AICP
Professor & Chair
Department of City Planning & Real Estate Development
Lee Hall 3-109
Clemson, SC 29634-0511
College of Charleston Liaison
Melinda Lucka Kelly
Attorney at Law Urban Studies Director
Associate Professor of Urban Studies
307 Bell Building
81 St. Philip St.
College of Charleston
P: (843) 214 – 8266
SCAPA Representative to SC Planning Education Advisory Committee
Wayne Shuler, AICP
Director of Planning & Zoning
City of West Columbia
200 N. 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
P: (803) 939-3186