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St. Marys Resiliency Project
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Since 2013, the City of St. Marys has collaborated with Georgia Sea Grant, Stetson University, and North Carolina Sea Grant to engage in flood resiliency planning. The historic, low-lying community has already experienced approximately nine inches of sea-level rise since 1897, and this trend is expected to accelerate in the future.  This project has paired local knowledge with academic expertise to analyze risks to the City’s infrastructure and provide initial recommendations to manage flooding risks over the next 50 years. A model for other communities, this effort has grown to include other cities and counties throughout the U.S. southeast Atlantic region.
The St. Marys Resiliency Project Final Report can be found here. Please have a read and let us know your thoughts on building a more resilient community.

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.

St. Marys Airport Impact & Compatibility Assessment RFP
The City of St. Marys, with the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, is seeking assistance in identifying and preparing for the highest and best use for its Airport property, which will offiically close in July. Click here to read the full RFP.

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.

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.