Community Development Department
Latest Plans for the St. Marys Waterfront Released
The St. Marys Waterfront is getting a facelift. The City hosted a Charrette to gather feedback on the latest revisions from Goodwyn, Mills, Cawood, the firm chosen to draft the plans. Your comments can help build a better plan. Please let us know what you think. You may click here to view the plan.
Port of St. Marys Temporary Barge Proposal Presentation
On February 28th, at 5:00 PM, there will be a Special Called Meeting at City Hall over a temporary barge proposal. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation that will be presented at the meeting.
City of St. Marys to display plans for downtown improvements
The proposed improvements will be on display February 8th to February 10th. Click here to see the full press release.
Reminder about the new temporary sales, solicitors, mobile food trucks, and vendors application
If you are interested in temporary sales or mobile food trucks, you may click here to view the application.
Reminder on the new Temporary Signs Resolution
On December 5th of the last calendar year, a temporary signs resolution was passed and is awaiting codification. Click here to view the resolution. Click here to view the sign permit application.
HPC Ordinance Draft now Available
All, the draft for the Historical Preservation Chapter 62 Ordinance Amendment is now available for public viewing right here. Feel free to leave on a comment on our Facebook page about it or contact our department by phone or E-mail.
Solutions to the Pollution Workshop - Stormwater for Camden Residents
On Tuesday, January 10th, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, a workshop will be held at the Government Services Building at 200 East 4th Street, Woodbine, GA in the Old Court Room. Topics will include "what is stormwater?” tools and strategies for managing stormwater, and local resources. There will also be light refreshments. To pre-register, click here.
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Rescheduled Due to a lack of quorum, the November 15, 2016 Historic Preservation Commission meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:30 in City Hall Council Chambers.
Temporary Signage Resolution
Historic Preservation ReClassification
The Historic Preservation Commission continues with the reclassification of the Historic District Properties on Tuesday, November 15, at 5:30 PM, at City Hall. Everyone is invited to attend. If you can't make the meeting but have thoughts or questions please contact the Community Development Department. You can review the photos of remaining properties for review here.
This Thursday, on October 27th, from 4-6 PM, in the Conference Room in the Planning & Building department at City Hall, we will be holding a followup Bike-Ped Multi-Modal Master Plan Sub-Committee meeting.
GA 14923 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents in Georgia Affected by Hurricane Matthew
WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Georgia affected by Hurricane Matthew that occurred on Oct. 4 –15, 2016.
“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Georgia with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne in Georgia, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Appling, Brantley, Camden, Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, Pierce, Screven and Tattnall in Georgia; and Hampton and Jasper in South Carolina.
Businesses and nonprofits can apply for up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Loans for working capital, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are available even if the business did not suffer any physical damage. Homeowners can apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate. Homeowners and renters can apply for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property including automobiles.
Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA customizes loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances.
Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by mobile device at m.fema.gov or call the toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY).
The SBA offers several ways to apply for a disaster loan: online application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; visit a recovery center for one-one-one assistance; or download an application from www.sba.gov/disaster. For information or to request application forms, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to email@example.com (link sends e-mail). Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Dec. 16, 2016. The deadline for economic injury applications is July 17, 2017.
Coastal Regional Commission Council Approves Six Coastal Georgia Greenway Projects for Funding
Map by Lisa Fulton, MS, GISP Senior Planner/GIS Analyst, Coastal Regional Commission
The Coastal Georgia Greenway, a 155-mile endeavor, received funding in the State budget as a line item for the first time in March. It's meant to be a part of the even-more ambitious East Coast Greenway (ECG) that will span more than 3,000 miles from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Projects approved for funding at the September 14th CRC Council meeting include:
- Chatham County/Cane Brake Trail - .75 mile that will provide connectivity to the existing Basin Road shared-use path which is part of the ECG; - $17,800
- Tybee Island/Marsh Hen Trail-first phase is approximately 1/2 mile of a multi-use bike and pedestrian off road trail that will eventually connect Tybee to the ECG-$17,800
- Brunswick/US 17 Bike Lane-will complete a .55 mile gap from the Sidney Lanier Bridge to the Torras Causeway-$17,800
- St. Marys/Tabby Trail Head-park and bathroom facility for ECG trail-$17,800
- Jekyll Island Hopper Trail-Phase I-.40 mile section along the north side of Jekyll Island Causeway working to connect to ECG
- McIntosh County/99 Highlander Trail-update plans for 4 miles of trail that will connect to ECG-$3,000
"I want to thank the members of Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc., for their hard work on this project, and I want to commend the Coastal Regional Commission for their diligent efforts leveraging the proper funding to make this a reality," stated Senator William Ligon. "This Greenway will not only promote the health and well-being of Georgia residents, but it will attract new visitors from across the nation to our beautiful coast. It is an absolute win-win situation.
The legislature approved $100,000 for this project and asked the CRC to take the lead. The CRC invited counties and cities to respond to a request for proposal to apply for funding to implement the trail construction. The $92,000 provided by the State of Georgia leveraged an additional $2.4 million in private funding for these projects. The CRC will retain $8,000 to administer the projects. "It is our hope that with the completion of these projects, the legislature will see the value on the return of their investment, and will provide additional monies in the future to complete the East Coast Greenway," stated Executive Directr Allen Burns.
Draft ReClassification of the Historic District Process
FEMA Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map 90-Day Appeal Period
The Master Plan Steering Committee will be holding a workshop on Transportation Issues and Strategies on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Community Development Department Conference Room at 3:00PM. Transportation Issues and Strategies Handout.