2018 Community Development Blog Archive.

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CITY ZONING PAGE UPDATE
Posted:  May 22, 2018 
A new zoning tab & page has been added for the Community Development page.  A map displaying the current vs proposed zoning ordinance is displayed on the page as well.

ZONING ORDINANCE DRAFT REVISION
Updated:  May 16, 2018
A revised draft copy of the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance has been released for public viewing prior to the upcoming Planning Commission events. 
  

The Planning Commission has held two recent work sessions and have offered the following changes:

  • Changing some of the Permitted residential uses in the Downtown Form-Based District to Special Use.
  • Altering most of the Dimensional Standards in the Downtown Form-Based District, including raising building heights by five feet to allow for change in measurement from ground, not BFE.
  • Changing the exception for Civic buildings to a Special Use Permit.
  • Striking all mentions of color standards.
  • Allowing Tiny Houses to be a Principle Structure in R-1, R-2, &R-3.
  • Permitting front-loaded garages to extend beyond front façade. Adding a clarification of Oversized Commercial Vehicle, to three axels or more.
  • Banning RVs from overnight stays, except for emergency temporary housing, and only allowing one unscrewed per residence.
  • -Striking language requiring Child Care Day Homes to screen playground equipment.
  • Allowing limited storage of noon-toxic, non-volatile materials as part of Home Occupation.
  • Altered language on Land Disturbance Permitting, to clarify what’s being disturbed.
  • Extended legal non-conforming rights.

Proposed Zoning Ordinance (May 24, 2018 version)


ZONING ORDINANCES CHANGES - PUBLIC NOTICES
Updated: May 7, 2018

Proposed Changes to the Zoning Ordinances on Thursday, May 10, 6:00 PM, 418 Osborne St., Council Chambers, St. Marys City Hall The City of St. Marys will hold a work session on the Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinances on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the St. Marys Council Chambers, at St. Marys City Hall, 418 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA.  The purpose of the work session will be for the Planning Commission to review and discuss all aspects of the proposed zoning code and consider the adoption, modification, or removal of provisions within the code in preparation for the public hearings so that a final draft can be published on the website for review by members of the public prior to the first hearing date. 

Special Call Meeting - Planning Commission Regarding Proposed Changes to the Zoning Ordinances on Thursday, May 10, 7:30 PM, 418 Osborne St., Council Chambers, St. Marys City Hall The City of St. Marys will hold a work session on the Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinances on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the St. Marys Council Chambers, at St. Marys City Hall, 418 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA.  The purpose of the work session will be for the Planning Commission to vote on the proposed changes as discussed during the work sessions of May 3 and May 10. This will provide the Community Development Department time to include these changes in the draft of the proposed zoning code and providing such revised document to the public prior to the Public Hearing of May 24 and May 26.

Public Hearing - Proposed Changes to the Zoning Ordinances on Thursday, May 24, 6:00 PM, 418 Osborne St., Council Chambers, St. Marys City Hall The City of St. Marys will hold a Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinances on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the St. Marys Council Chambers, at St. Marys City Hall, 418 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA.  The purpose of the work session will be for the Planning Commission to take written and oral public comment on the proposed changes to the zoning code.

Public Hearing - Proposed Changes to the Zoning Ordinances on Saturday, May 26, 10:00 AM, 418 Osborne St., Council Chambers, St. Marys City Hall The City of St. Marys will hold a Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinances on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the St. Marys Council Chambers, at St. Marys City Hall, 418 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA.  The purpose of the work session will be for the Planning Commission to take written and oral public comment on the proposed changes to the zoning code.

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Draft (May 10, 2018 version - not current)


DRAFT COPY OF CAMDEN COUNTY JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
Posted April 20, 2018
In accordance with the requirements of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Camden County, the City of Kingsland, the City of St. Marys, and the City of Woodbine have produced a revised Joint Comprehensive Plan. The Joint Comprehensive Plan Update provides information regarding how the cities and county are today and how they intend to develop. The plan is intended to guide economic development,land use, transportation, housing, and quality of life. Contained within the document are descriptions of the character areas and future land use which indicate how the county and three cities intend to preserve the built and natural environments while encouraging sustainable growth.

April 20, 2018, Draft Camden County Joint Comprehensive Plan

DRAFT COPY OF CAMDEN COUNTY JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Posted April 2, 2018
In accordance with the requirements of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Camden County, the City of Kingsland, the City of St. Marys, and the City of Woodbine have produced a revised Joint Comprehensive Plan. The Joint Comprehensive Plan Update provides information regarding how the cities and county are today and how they intend to develop. The plan is intended to guide economic development,land use, transportation, housing, and quality of life. Contained within the document are descriptions of the character areas and future land use which indicate how the county and three cities intend to preserve the built and natural environments while encouraging sustainable growth.

April 2018, Draft Camden County Joint Comprehensive Plan


Reminder regarding political sign placement.
Posted March 28, 2018
With the upcoming election season underway, the St. Marys Community Development office wishes to remind citizens of rules regarding placement of political signs. 
City of St. Marys City Sign Ordinance Rules Hosted by Municode
“Sec. 46-140. – Exemptions
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(10) Political signs when the sign area is 16 square feet or less. Signs must be placed on private property and are prohibited from the public right-of-way by state law. Such signs shall not be erected within the city right-of-way.”

Please also note that Georgia state law (§ 32-6-51) also prohibits the placement of any sign on city right-of-ways, including political signs.
Any signs that are found to not be in compliance will be removed and held at the Community Development office for a period of 10 business days, after this period, the signs will be disposed of. If you have any questions regarding legal placement, please feel free to contact a member of our planning or code enforcement staff at (912) 510-4032.


PLANNING COMMISSION ZONING AMENDMENT WORK SESSIONS ON LATEST DRAFT
Post Edited April 2, 2018
The St. Marys Planning Commission will hold a series of Special Called Work Sessions, beginning Tuesday April 3rd, at 6PM, in Council Chambers at City Hall (MEETING CANCELED), to discuss the latest draft of the zoning amendment ordinance. The latest draft can be found here and includes the changes recommended to the October draft during the Planning Commission work session prior to their recommendation of denial. The Planning Commission has scheduled a second work session following their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, Tuesday April 17th at 6PM.

APRIL 17th ZONING CHANGES DRAFT


CITY COUNCIL HOLDS WORK SESSION ON ZONING AMENDMENT
On Monday, March 5th, the Mayor and Council held a work session on the proposed zoning ordinance amendments, recommended for denial by the Planning Commission, at their November 9th meeting. Community Development Director, Jeff Adams, presented a review of the process that led to the decision and proposed next steps for the Council. At the evening's Regularly Scheduled Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to send the zoning ordinance amendments back to the Planning Commission for redrafting and reconsideration.The Council Work Session Presentation can be found here.
OCTOBER 10TH, 2017, ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT ORDINANCE 
OCTOBER 12TH, 2017, ZONING MAP


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.


Resiliency and St. Marys STEM

Hurricane Matthew Radar Loop

The Camden County- City of St. Marys Community Rating System Joint Program for Public Information(CRS PPI) received national attention for its continuing work with St. Marys Middle School’s innovative Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics(STEM) program. The story focuses on how the St. Marys STEM program and CRS PPI partnership furthers the region’s resiliency through education and collaboration. The author, Nancy Averett, chose last year’s brush with Hurricane Matthew, to show how these partnerships can help build resiliency through utilizing these extreme events as teaching moments and planning exercises. Averett’s story, which can be found here, is backed by the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, a website designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. The Toolkit offers information from all across the U.S. federal government in one easy-to-use location.

This successful partnership is in large part due to the amazing support provided by Madeleine Russell, of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Scott Brazell, of Camden County and Lori O’Brien, of St. Marys Middle School.