Planning Technical Assistance:
The COG planning staff works with local governments in the Santee-Lynches Region by providing technical assistance in the development and implementation of Comprehensive Plans, Zoning Ordinances and Land Development Regulations. The staff also provides assistance with annexation and adoption of ordinances.

Regional Census Data Center:
The COG provides Census and statistical data to agencies, organizations, and individuals on the Santee-Lynches Region and on local governments in the region.

Environmental Assessment:
As part of the ongoing assistance to local units of governments, the COG provides technical assistance in conducting environmental assessments on projects funded under the Community Development Block Grant Program, Economic Development Administration Program, the Department of Justice and the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The objective is to insure that federal funds are being used on projects which would not adversely impact the environment.

Cost of Living Survey:
The COG conducts a quarterly Cost-of-Living Surveys in January, April, July, and October of Sumter and Camden urbanized areas. The COG has been undertaking this survey of Sumter since October 1991 and Camden since July 1997.

Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Santee-Lynches Hazard Mitigation Plan underwent a five-year revision and was approved by FEMA on June 15, 2010. This document compiled data on the natural hazards impacting the Santee-Lynches Region and its local governments. With assistance from the Santee-Lynches Regional COG staff, each local government in the region updated and revised its Hazard Mitigation goals, objectives and strategies to mitigate the impact of future natural disasters. Click here to view the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Section 504/American Disability Act Compliance:
As part of the Council’s ongoing efforts to assist local governments to maintain eligibility to apply for federal grants and loans, the staff to provides assistance to local governments in meeting the handicapped accessibility requirements of Section 504 of the American Disability Act.

Regional Water Quality Management Planning:
In 2003, the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments was designated by DHEC and EPA as a 208 Water Quality Management Planning Agency for the region as part of the agency responsibility. Since that designation, the Santee-Lynches Environmental Planning Advisory Committee became fully activated with representation from local governments and environmental agencies and organizations throughout the region. The 208 Water Quality Management Plan for the Santee-Lynches Region can be found here. (41.7 MB PDF)

Through SCDHEC, Santee-Lynches Regional COG received a 604(b) ARRA grant to produce a Water Quality Management Planning Workplan. The document focuses on water quality planning and environmental quality assessments and can be found here.

Training:
In an effort to improve the capabilities of local governmental agencies and organizations, the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments continues to be a resource by providing opportunities for ongoing training. In conjunction with the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC), The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC), and the South Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA)