City Master Plan

 

One St. Marys Master Plan Materials Available


The Master Plan Steering Committee is currently reviewing materials for the One St. Marys Master Plan. The newly released March 17, 2017 Draft of the One St. Marys Master Plan is now available for your consideration, along with the Draft Community Engagement Report, Addendum and the Draft Data Assessment, Addendum. These three documents, along with the Draft Transportation Plan, form the heart of the One St. Marys Master Plan, which will give the City its first Comprehensive Plan for mapping its future growth.

The Steering Committee meets the first Thursday of every month, at 6 PM, at the St. Marys Senior Center to review these documents in a public forum, where residents are encouraged to attend and participate. Please join the Steering Committee as they reach the end of this exciting project and have your say in St. Marys future.

Form-Based Code 

 

Form-Based Code is just one land-use planning tool that is expected to be employed in the upcoming zoning rewrite. The Master Plan Steering Committee have recently been presented a zoning audit, which recommends utilizing form-based code in the downtown district. Since the One St. Marys Master Plan process is nearing its final stretch, soon form-based code will enter the vocabulary of the local community and staff would like to introduce some of the common terms that will be found in this approach. Staff initiated the discussion at a Joint Work session, which can be found here.

 

There are also some great sites on the internet with videos, literature and full-fledged courses on form-based code. If you want to find out more about form-based code, one of the first sites to visit should be the Form Based Codes Institute, which has an entire website dedicated to the subject.  But there are other great resources to draw from, including New Urbanism and Duane Plater-Zyberk, DPZ, who originated the concept. The Work Session looked at national examples, such as Carlton Landing, OK and regional examples, such as the Crab Apple District in Milton, GA. There are plenty of other great examples out there from large cities, such as Buffalo, NY and Sarasota, FL, to smaller communities, such as the original Seaside, FL and Post Falls, ID.

 

Smart Code has an updated list of communities that have adopted form-based codes, which can be found here.

 

If you have questions about form-based code or any other planning or zoning issue, please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk.


The Zoning Audit is in! Have a look at the proposed changes.

Zoning Audit

The One St. Marys Master Planning process is zooming in from the 30,000 foot level to the 10,000 foot level of zoning changes. It has been over twenty years since the City of St. Marys has had an extensive rewrite of its zoning ordinance. There have been numerous Land Use and Zoning Workshops across the City over the past six months and the Master Plan consultant team has returned with a Zoning Audit, which reviews the current zoning ordinance, and gives direction on where the City might go with its rewrite. Please, have a look at the Audit and let us know your thoughts. The Master Plan Steering Committee meets the first Thursday of every month, at the St. Marys Senior Center, at 6PM and comments can be sent to jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov.


One St. Marys Master Plan Data Assessment Available


St. Marys Data Assessment
Looking for the latest demographic, economic, transportation and other data related to St. Marys? The One St. Marys Master Plan Steering Committee has released the Draft Data Assessment, which gives details on the many components making up the St. Marys community. If you wanted to dig deeper than the goals and vision of the Master Plan, and want to understand the dynamics behind the making of the Master Plan, please have a look at this document. The document will be reviewed at the next Master Plan Steering Committee meeting in December, and we invite you to attend or provide your comments on this document to jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov.

One St. Marys Master Plan Transportation Draft Plan

St. Marys Transportation Plan Draft
The One St. Marys Master Plan Steering Committee is continuing to pull together the various components of the Master Plan for review and comment. The Steering Committee, which meets the first Thursday of every month, from 6 to 8 PM, at the St. Marys Senior Center, is now considering a Draft of the One St. Marys Master Plan Transportation Plan, which can be found here. The One St. Marys Master Plan held transportation meetings and land use meetings to gather community input on the important issues from pedestrian and bike issues, to safety and school crossing concerns. The Master Plan consultants have taken this feedback, filtered data from transportation sources, to build a Draft Transportation Plan. We welcome your comments and thoughts on transportation and any other component of the Master Plan. Please attend our upcoming meetings or send us letters or emails, and we’ll be happy to include them in our discussion and plans.

Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting Archives
November 5th, 2015
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December 3rd 2015

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December 28th, 2015
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January 5th, 2016
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January 21st, 2016
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February 4th, 2016
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March 3rd, 2016
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April 7th, 2016
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May 5th, 2016
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June 2nd, 2016
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July 7th, 2016
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August 4th, 2016
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September 7th, 2016
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September 15th, 2016
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October 6th, 2016
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November 3rd, 2016
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January 3rd, 2017
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January 4th, 2017
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February 9th, 2017
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 ONE ST MARYS 
 
 
  
The City of St. Marys is reaching out to its citizens to create a unifying Vision and a Masterplan for the future of the City. This Masterplan will guide future development and be a blueprint for City staff, elected official, civic organizations, business owners and residents to achieve the future Vision.