Tonight is the final public workshop for local residents to provide input to the Coastal Comprehensive Plan.
The workship will be in Midway from 6-8 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia EMC off Hwy. 17. Bryan County residents are encouraged to attend and provide comments, suggestions, ideas and concerns about the plan, which will directly impact Bryan and surrounding coastal counties.
Two other public workshops were held earlier this week, in Savannah and Brunswick.
“We’ve gotten a lot of input,” said Project Manager Adriane Wood with the Department of Community Affairs Office of Planning and Quality Growth, noting she would’ve liked to have seen a bigger turnout. “The comments have been excellent.”
The draft of the plan was completed in October by an advisory committee made up of local residents, with help from the DCA. The goal is to promote sustainable future development without compromising the region’s valuable and vulnerable resources.
To see the draft, visit the DCA website at www.dca.state.ga.us/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/programs/coastalplan.asp, or the Georgia Planning Association’s site at www.georgiaplanning.com.
“Once we finish these workshops, we’ll review everything in the draft as it pertains to those comments, turn it back over to the advisory committee and they’ll decide from there,” Wood said.
Gov. Sonny Perdue, who requested the plan be created in 2005, recently saw the draft. While Wood wasn’t present during that meeting, she said the governor said the plan is what he hoped it would be.
During tonight’s workshop, the draft of the plan will be presented with a summary of the planning process. Subject matter experts will be on hand to answer questions about any issues that have been identified as regional priorities, including: water and sewer, stormwater, transportation, cultural and historical resources, natural resources, regional growth management, business and industry and tourism.
If you can’t make it to Midway tonight, send comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail to Adriane Wood at the DCA, P.O. Box 870, Macon, GA 31202, or fax 478-751-3100.