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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
    – 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

President

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

President-Elect

Celia Boyd Myers, AICP
Assistant Director for Community Development
Anderson County
401 East River Street/PO Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29624
P: (864) 964-6656
cboyd@andersoncountysc.org

Immediate Past President

Andrea Pietras, AICP
Deputy Director
Charleston County Zoning & Planning Department
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
P: (843) 202-7219
apietras@charlestoncounty.org

Secretary/Treasurer

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

Director-at-Large

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

Director-at-Large

Rodney Tucker, AICP
Principal
RS3 Planning Collaborative, LLC
PO Box 965
Hartsville, SC 29551
P: (864) 357-7094
info@rs3planningcollaborative.com

Director-at-Large

George McGregor, AICP
Planning Director
Sumter County/City
12 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150
P: (803) 774-1660
gmcgregor@sumtersc.gov

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
southerlanda@charleston-sc.gov

Communications Officer

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

Young/Emerging Planners Group

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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
(864) 656-1208
jgaber@clemson.edu

Clemson Planning Student Organization (PSO)

Caitlin Coppinger
Graduate Student
Clemson University
ccoppin@g.clemson.edu

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
LuckaM@CofC.edu

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
wshuler@westcolumbiasc.gov

Commissioner Representative

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