If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Community Development Department or come to the meeting Monday night and have your say.
Joint Comprehensive Plan Workshop
As the Joint Comprehensive Plan Update begins, representatives from Camden County, Kingland, St. Marys and Woodbine held a Workshop last week to discuss the project timeline, goals and possible impacts. In light of the recent St. Marys Sea Rise Study, representatives worked at the table-level to discuss future growth and the constraints impacting that growth. Lupita McClenning, of the Coastal Regional Commission was on hand to lead a discussion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder work sessions and a review of the feedback already garnered from those sessions. Maps from the various jurisdictions can be found below along with the presentation materials. You can stay engaged in the Joint Comprehensive Plan Project by following the onestmarys.com posts or connect with the Community Development happenings on our Facebook feed.
Dr. Jason Evans and many of the authors and researchers that were part of the St. Marys Flood Resiliency Project were in town to present their findings from a three year study on the rising risks of flooding associated with sea rise, before the St. Marys City Council. The project has been a collaboration of the City, with Georgia Sea Grant, Stetson University and North Carolina Sea Grant, and began with a series of stakeholder interviews, town hall public meetings and facilitated discussion sessions to form the heart of an innovative Vulnerability, Consequences and Adaptation Planning Scenarios(VCAPS) structural modeling approach. Results from the VCAPS process were then used to inform a series of custom geo-spatial vulnerability assessments that analyzed current and future flood risks to property and infrastructure under different sea-level rise scenarios. The Final Report, detailing the finding and recommendations, from the technical sea-rise projections to the Community Rating System work, can be found below.
The Downtown area, that area just north and south of the rail-road tracks, down to the waterfront, is being proposed as an area that will function under a Form-Based Code. The area will be divided into sub-districts that will emphasize the forms, more than the uses of the buildings. The presentation, proposed DRAFT map of the Downtown Districts, and Article 5, from Beaufort, South Carolina’s Form-Based Code, can be found below. The Beaufort Code is provided as an example of how Form-Based Code functions, in a similar setting and can provided St. Marys a framework for discussion.