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The February 20th, 2018 Planning Commission is still scheduled to be in the City Hall Council Chambers even though the Osprey Cove Planned Development Amendment has been withdrawn. There is still a final plat for the Salt Marsh Cottages, Phase I subdivision on the agenda.

Osprey Cove LLC has withdrawn their application for a planned development amendment. You may click here for the updated agenda.

In addition, due to the application by Osprey Cove LLC being withdrawn, the location of the February 20th, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting has been changed back to the default location of City Hall Council Chambers at 418 Osborne Street.

Staff Report


A.1: PD Application
A.2: Site Plan
A.3: Survey
A.4: Rezone Application
A.5: Authorization
Public Comment Packet, through Sunday, February 11, 2018
Public Comment Packet, Monday, February 12, 2018
Public Comment Packt, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

C.1: Osprey Cove PD 1989 Materials
C.2: Osprey Cove PD 1997 Materials
C.3: Osprey Cove PD 1998 Materials

Location Change for February 20th, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting
We have officially changed the location of the February 20th, 2018 Planning Commission meeting from the usual location of the City Hall Council Chambers to St. Marys Elementary School, which is at 600 Osborne Street.

The reason for this change in location is due to the unusually high attendance we are expected to have for this meeting.

Community Resilience Course
As a coastal community, resilience is crucial to the continued growth and development, and safety of our community. On March 28th, 2018, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Dr. Mona Behl of the Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension will be hosting a course on Community Resilience. This course is being hosted at the Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Conference Room at 715 Bay Street, Brunswick, Georgia, 31520. If you are interested and have questions on registration, you may contact Dr. Behl at 706-543-6621. You may find more information here.

Osprey Cove, Phase I, Planned Development Amendment
We are now publishing the documents that were submitted for the planned development amendment of Osprey Cove, Phase I. You may view the documents here.

The Planning Commission will be meeting for a public hearing to discuss this application on February 20th, 2018, at 5:30 PM.

Master Plan & Short-Term Work Program Adopted
For those who missed it, the Master Plan and Short Term Work Program was adopted by the City Council on December 4th, 2017.

Planning 101 Presentation Now Available
You may now access the Planning 101 presentation that was given by Community Development Director/Planning Commission Secretary Jeff Adams at the January 16th, 2018 Regular Planning Commission Meeting. It can viewed simply by clicking this link.

St. Marys Marine Center Plans Continue to Develop

Marine Center

James Coughlin, Executive Director of the Joint Development Authority of Camden County, spoke before the St. Marys City Council, at a work session on the St. Marys Marine Center. The St. Marys Marine Center is projected for the fifty acres on the south-end of the old Mill Site area, abutting Meeting Street and the Meeting Street boat ramp. The Marine Center will be a coastal regional draw for boaters and the boating industry. 

Mr. Coughlin’s presentation can be found here and the Community Improvement District(CID) documents(CID Act, CID Proposed Boundary & CID By-Laws), which the City approved last night at Council Meeting can be found here. The CID would provide the Marine Center with the ability to tax itself to provide for infrastructural improvements and create a multi-use commercial/industrial and residential facility to serve the Georgia Coast. 

For more information on the project contact the Camden County Joint Development Authority.

St. Marys 2018-2027 Short Term Work Plan Adopted

The City of St. Marys adopted its 2018-2027 Short Term Work Program  (STWP) in compliance with Georgia’s Department of Community Affair’s guidelines, to provide direction for on-going and future projects for the City of St. Marys. The City Council reviewed the STWP at a series of work sessions and finalized adoption last night, in Council Chambers. The Council specified a quarterly update process, prior to the Quarterly Town Hall Meetings, for providing a transparent process for review and project management. The STWP will work cooperatively with the City’s Capital Improvement Planning and Budgeting Process.

St. Marys Master Plan Adopted
One St. Marys
The St. Marys City Council unanimously approved and adopted the One St. Marys Master Plan at its regular meeting last night in Council Chambers. The two year process brings the City of St. Marys its first citywide Master Plan, with associated plans ranging from Transportation to the Sea Rise Resiliency Report. Many, many, hours were given towards this citizen-led initiative, from the great group of Steering Committee members. Staff would like to congratulate and thank, one last time, Michael Rich, Joseph Antao, William DeLoughy, Tanya Glazebrook, Joseph Holler, Fred Mercier, Elaine Powierski, Steve Howard, Eric Landon, Kenneth Lyons, Lee Walker and Jon Preble for all their hard work on making this such a success. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the plan please have a read and let us know your thoughts.

Zoning Changes Public Comment for November 9th Special Called Meeting

Public Comment
Public Comment was closed last Friday, the 3rd, at 5 PM, for the Zoning Changes Ordinance Amendments, scheduled for Thursday’s Special Called Meeting of the Planning Commission. You can view those comments here.

The Work Session Outline can be found

Annotated Zoning Changes Presentation Released
We have made some changes to the 2017 Zoning Top 20 Changes. Click here to view them.

A Special Called Meeting on the Zoning Changes will be held November 9th, at 6;30, following a 5:30 work session of the Planning Commission.
All Comments can be directed to
, by 5PM, Friday, November 3rd.

Official Agenda for October 24th, 2017 Special Called Meeting
Here is the official for the October 24th, 2017 Special Called Meeting of the Planning Commission. Tonight's subject will be focused on the proposed zoning changes.

Zoning Changes PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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A Special Called Public Meeting of the Planning Commission and Public Hearing for the Comprehensive Zoning Text and Map Amendments will be held Tuesday, October 24th, in Council Chambers of St. Marys City Hall, 418 Osborne St. The Staff Report can be found here. Please direct all comments to We look forward to hearing from you.

A Exhibits from Application

A-1        Zoning Ordinance, City of St. Marys, GA, Revised Draft – October 10, 2017

A-2        St. Marys Proposed Zoning Map, drafted October 12, 2017

A-3        Top 20 Zoning Changes presentation, presented October 17, 2017, by staff

A-4        Growth & Zoning presentation, presented October 18, 2017, by staff


B Exhibits – Public Comments

            B-1 James G. Carswell, III, Point Peter Land, LLC, November 4, 2016

            B-2 James G. Carswell, III, Chimney Corner Properties, LLC, May 22, 2017

            B-3 Kay Westberry, May 13, 2017

            B-4 Allan Giese, May 19, 2017

            B-5 Stephen Moyer, July 18, 2017 B-5 Stephen Moyer, July 18, 2017

            B-6 James G. Carswell, III, Chimney Corner Properties, LLC, September 7, 2017B-6 James G. 

            B-7 Jay & Debbie Davies, May 22, 2017

C Exhbitis – Additional Materials

           C-1       St. Marys Main Street Renaissance Strategic Visioning Plan

           C-2       One St. Marys Master Plan, including the St. Marys Flood Resiliency Project



Planning Commission Special Called Meeting

Tuesday, October 24th
Council Chambers
418 Osborne St. 

Planning Commission Special Called Meeting, if necessary

Wednesday, October 25th
Council Chambers
418 Osborne St.

Zoning Work Sessions & Planning Commission Meetings Scheduled

The St. Marys Planning Commission has scheduled a Work Session for Tuesday, October 17, immediately following their 5:30 regularly scheduled Planning Commission Meeting. The Planning Commission has also scheduled a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, October 24, at 5:30 for a Public Hearing of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment and Comprehensive Map Amendment.

You can review the Draft Ordinance here, and the Draft Map here.

The Draft of the Zoning Changes, with the recently added Form-Based Code Section, can be found here.  The Work Sessions will be a chance for Staff to focus on the major and minor changes that are being proposed, while allowing the Planning Commission to ask questions about such changes. The Planning Commission has reserved Council Chamber for Wednesday, October 18th, to continue the Work Session discussion, if necessary, and also for Wednesday,  October 25th, to continue the Planning Commission Hearing if necessary.

Sea Rise Study Wins National Award

The University of Georgia’s Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant won a 2017 University Economic Development Association Award of Excellence for sea level rise adaptation plans, developed in partnership with the coastal cities of Tybee Island and St. Marys. Using a grant from the National Sea Grant, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant faculty, as well as faculty from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, analyzed risks and vulnerabilities from tidal flooding and sea-level rise over the next 50 years, and developed a plan that enabled savings of $3 million on flood insurance for property owners. The plan has emerged as a model for other coastal communities across the country.

The award was presented to UGA representatives on Oct. 3 during the UEDA Annual Summit in Long Beach, California. UEDA represents higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders across North America. The report can be found here.

St. Marys Street Classifications