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Area growth topic of meetings
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Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership will hold a series of public input meeting this month, including two in Bryan County next week.
Presentations will be made to the Bryan County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse in Pembroke.
Another presentation will be made to the Richmond Hill City Council during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
The purpose of the meetings is to present a summary of the findings of the recently completed Fort Stewart regional growth management study for Bryan, Liberty, Long and Tattnall counties and receive public input on considerations that need to be made for the region to adequately manage that growth.
The input received at the upcoming meetings will be incorporated into the final recommendations of the study and will ultimately shape the way the region manages it growth.
All residents are encouraged to attend and participate.
The Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership was formed in 2008 in response to continued and projected growth in employment at Fort Stewart.
The four-county region, in cooperation with its 12 municipalities, seeks to maximize the benefits of growth at Fort Stewart by working together to enact sound public policies to foster economic growth and make wise use of limited land and public resources.
Since 1970, the region’s population has tripled from 46,812 residents to an estimated 136,000. Moreover, an additional 60,000 new residents are projected to live in the four-county region by the year 2030.
Continued increases in troop strength and employment at Fort Stewart will generate development impacts on the communities surrounding the installation, many of which are relatively small in size and financially constrained.
Some of the top growth challenges identified in the study are transportation, health care, economic diversification, land use planning and provision of utilities.
Other meetings will be held in Glennville, Hinesville and Ludowici at later dates during July.
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