What is APA South Carolina?

For over four decades, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA South Carolina) 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. APA South Carolina 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.

APA South Carolina 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:

  • APA South Carolina supports the concept of Home Rule.
  • APA South Carolina supports sustainable development practices and is interested in the development of “Smart Growth” legislation that is appropriate for South Carolina.
  • APA South Carolina supports the concepts of community comprehensive planning established in the Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994.

More on APA South Carolina

Through three conferences each year, APA South Carolina 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 APA South Carolina 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/APA South Carolina and Student Membership Information

Check out the APA Membership Information website for membership information. We encourage all planning professionals to join APA (APA South Carolina 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 APA South Carolina 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
    – 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.

Officers / Committees / Representatives

Executive Committee


Wayne Shuler, AICP
Director of Planning and Zoning
City of West Columbia
200 N. 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
P: (803) 939-3186


Celia Boyd Myers, AICP
Walhalla, SC
P: (864) 980-5841

Immediate Past President

Andrea Melocik, AICP
Deputy Director
Charleston County Zoning & Planning Department
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
P: (843) 202-7219


Shawn Putnam, AICP, CFM
City Planner
City of Camden
1000 Lyttleton Street/PO Box 7002
Camden, SC 29021
P: (803) 432-2421


Stephanie Monroe Tillerson, AICP
Town Administrator
4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
P: (843) 768-9166


Rodney Tucker, AICP
RS3 Planning Collaborative, LLC
PO Box 965
Hartsville, SC 29551
P: (864) 357-7094


Alec Brebner, AICP
Brebner Consulting
Charleston, SC 29403
P: (843) 906-4787

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

Communications Officer

Katherine Amidon
Environmental Planner
SynTerra Corp
148 River Street, Suite 220
Greenville, SC 29601
P: (864) 527-4602

Emerging Planners Group

Jordan Elmore
Watershed Manager
S.C Department of Heath and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
P: (803) 898-4355

Clemson University Representative

John Gaber, PhD, AICP
Professor & Chair
Department of City Planning & Real Estate Development
Lee Hall 3-109
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0511
P: (864) 656-1208

Clemson Planning Student Organization (PSO)

Ryan Helle
Graduate Student
Clemson University

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

APA South Carolina 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

Commissioner Representative