Coastal Comprehensive Plan Update

Report
Coastal Comprehensive Plan
Update
October 25, 2006
Background Overview
• Governor’s Executive Order resulting from
recommendations of Commission for a New
Georgia
• DCA appointment of broad-based advisory
committee, chaired by Commissioner
• Launched in August 2005
Executive Order
Executive Order signed February 2005
Directs DCA to prepare plan by September 2007
Charge:
To outline a vision for Georgia’s coastal area
that promotes sustainable future development
without compromising the region’s valuable and
vulnerable natural environment.
CCPAC Composition
• 35-member CCPAC
– Stakeholders from Georgia’s coastal counties –
Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and
McIntosh
– Three state agencies represented on the
committee: DEcD, DNR & DOT.
– DCA Commissioner Beatty serves as chair.
Committee Retreat –
January 2006
Objectives:
– Define broad vision for the Coast
– Identify most important issues and opportunities
facing the Coastal region
– Learn from experiences of the Metropolitan North
Georgia Water Planning District
– Learn about Coastal Sound Science Initiative
– Provide direction on specific plan components
and implementation options
Draft Vision Statement
for 2026
The vision of Coastal Georgia is to be a
unique and cohesive region based upon
innovation and excellence in all we do to
preserve, nurture, enhance and develop
our abundant human, natural, historic,
cultural and economic resources.
Specific Vision Themes
Preservation of natural and cultural resources:
restore eco-systems, pristine barrier islands, wildlife, coastal heritage
Transportation:
new E-W corridors, alternatives like public transit,
ferries, water taxis provide access to coastal resources
Quality growth: mixed use development, walkable communities with
public spaces, clustered development
Greenspace and greenways: urban and rural green space
Maintaining diversified economy: revitalize and support
traditional uses, new economic hubs with regional flavor
Diversity and social equity: safety, security, family-oriented
Ports expansion: including military
Education: quality education, training and research
Governmental coordination: for service provision and
improved water quality
CCPAC Prioritized Issues
1. LAND USE
2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3. INTERGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION
4. NATURAL RESOURCES
5. TRANSPORTATION
6. FACILITIES and SERVICES
7. HOUSING
Stakeholders
Stakeholder and public involvement is a critical element in the comprehensive planning process.
A full range of community values and desires must be reflected throughout the process .
Potential stakeholders include:
 Local elected officials
 Local appointed officials (planning
commission, etc.) and staff
 State and federal government
agencies (i.e., Department of
Natural Resources, Georgia
Department of Economic
Development, Fort Stewart/Hunter
Army Airfield, King’s Bay
Submarine Base, Coastal Georgia
Regional Development Center)
 Chambers of Commerce/CVBs
 Homebuilder Associations
 Development Authorities
 Environmental organizations
 Coastal scientific community
 Non-profit organizations
 Historic organizations
 Regional and Interstate Groups
(Florida and South Carolina)
 University system and Department
of Technical and Adult Education
 Cultural and historic resources
organizations
 Agriculture and silvaculture
interest groups
 Commercial and recreational
fishermen
 Local government organizations,
including the Association County
Commissioners of Georgia
(ACCG) and the Georgia
Municipal Association (GMA)
Stakeholders Involvement
Techniques
• Three rounds of public meetings at all levels, held around the region
• Quarterly CCPAC meetings
• Technical advisory committees’ meetings held regularly
• Community choices surveys
• Interested parties lists
• Local government interviews
• Stakeholder group emails
• Website
• Press releases
Priority Plan Implementation
Techniques
• Guide for State investment in region
• Consistency in plans of local governments and
authorities
• Recommended best development and
conservation practices
• Consistency in plans of State agencies
• Work program of specific action items,
responsible parties, costs and timeline
Thus far….
• 35-member CCPAC appointed and meeting regularly
• CCPAC agrees upon prioritized list of issues to be addressed
by Plan
• Consultant hired to:
– Conduct Stakeholder Involvement Process; plan prepared
– Create Alternative Development Scenarios
– Assess existing local government regulations
• Establishment of Local Government Advisory Committee
• Draft “Regional Assessment” prepared
• Maps being prepared include:
 Regional land use map
 DRIs
 Transportation facilities
 Land conservation areas
• Best management practices list
• Web-based local government resource tools
• Regional profile excerpted from CGRDC regional plan
• Website established with background materials
– www.georgiaplanning.com/coastal.htm
Next steps….
• 1st round of Stakeholder meetings
October 2006
• Next meeting of Local Government
Advisory Committee Fall 2006
• Next meeting of CCPAC December
2006
DCA staff
Jim Frederick
Director, Office of Planning and Quality Growth
[email protected]
404/679-3105
Adriane Wood
Project Manager
[email protected]
478/752-1172

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