The Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a five-member board whose members are appointed by City Council. This quasi-judicial body hears all requests for variances and special exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance and all appeals from the decisions of the Zoning Administrator. This Board meets at the call of the chairman, usually at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The deadline for applications is four weeks prior to any regularly scheduled meeting. All applications should be submitted to the Zoning Administrator.

Zoning Board of Appeals Members

  • Mr. Richard Kuppens
  • Ms. Julie Huffman, Vice Chair
  • Mr. Jerry Hill
  • Mr. Joel Price, Sr.
  • Mr. Richard Walker

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a seven-member advisory board whose members are appointed by City Council. The Commission holds public hearings on rezoning requests and proposed changes to the text of the Zoning Ordinance. Commission members are tasked with making a recommendation to Council to approve or deny each request submitted. The Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. The deadline for rezoning and text change applications is four weeks prior to any regularly scheduled meeting. All applications should be submitted to the Zoning Administrator.

Planning Commission Members

  • Mr. William G. “Gary” Prince, Chairman
  • Mr. William “Bill” S. Mooneyhan, Sr.
  • Mr. Harold Prater
  • Mr. Heyward D. Wessinger
  • Ms. Allison Swygert
  • Ms. Ann Thornley
  • Ms. Cora Washington

Election Commission

The Election Commission is a three-member board whose members are appointed by City Council to oversee the elections and referendums that the City conducts. The Election Commission establishes the filing period for municipal elections in accordance with the S. C. Code of Laws of 1976, Section 5-15-50. The Commission reviews statements of candidacy, organizes managers for polls and certifies the results of elections.

Election Commission Members

Phyllis “Cookie” Holmes, Chairman
1024 Arlington Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 739-2065 (home)

Appointed: July 5, 2011
Term expires: May 2017

Steven C. “Ike” Cogburn, Jr.
1515 Duke Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-7682 (home)

Appointed: April 18, 2011
Term Expires: May 2018

Kathy W. Rish
1420 Redwood Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-6967 (home)

Appointed: May 21, 2013
Term Expires: May 2016