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Charles Compton

Posted in: About Us by Eric Sopp on February 17, 2008

Charles “Charlie” M. Compton, FAICP has served as Planning Director for Lexington County for 37 years.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) for six years, serving as President for two years. He served a two-year term as Chair of the County Planning Division of APA, and was elected in 2010 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Charlie also served a two-year term as President of the National Association of County Planners (NACP) and a two-year term as a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors.

In 1997 he was appointed to the national “Growing Smart sm” Directorate, a 20-member panel charged with drafting model planning enabling legislation for use by states, the first time that had been done since 1915. This project was funded cooperatively by five federal agencies, two private foundations, and the Siemens Corporation, with the final product published in the spring of 2002.

Charlie is co-creator of “KIDS CITY” (a planning education program for kindergarten through grade 12) and “Our Town” Mock Hearings (Planning Commission and Zoning Board training), both demonstrated at the 1996 American Planning Association Annual Convention.

He is the 1994 recipient of the APA Distinguished Planner Award for South Carolina and the 2003 recipient of the Conservation Award for Environmental Protection presented by the Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District.

Charlie has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.