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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.

Temporary Signage Draft Recommendations from the HPC & PC
Signs
The Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) and the Planning Commission (PC) met this week and offered their recommendations for the Temporary Signage Draft. The HPC met on Monday evening and their Recommendations were to limit all Temporary Signage to 30 consecutive days, and to only allow off-site signage and inflatables for Special Events. The Planning Commission followed, on Tuesday evening, with their Recommendations, by agreeing with all of the HPC’s recommendations, except to limit the 30-day restriction to only Special Events Temporary Signage.

Merchants and Citizens are encouraged to attend tomorrow’s Temporary Signage Resolution Workshop set for Thursday, December 1st, from 9AM to 10AM, at the St. Marys Main Street Office, 418 Osborne St., or send us your thoughts at jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov. The City Council will consider the Resolution next Monday, December 5th, at 6 PM, in Council Chambers.

St. Marys Temporary Signage Resolution
Workshop
Open to the Public Sign
The City of St. Marys will host a Temporary Signage Resolution Workshop for local business owners and interested citizens on Thursday, December 1st, from 9AM to 10AM, at the St. Marys Main Street Office, 418 Osborne St. The City held a City Council Work Session last Monday evening and held the initial public meeting on the Resolution. We welcome your input for this resolution in preparation for discussion at next Monday’s City Council meeting. If you can’t make the meeting but have thoughts on signage please feel free to contact jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov.

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.

Cumberland National Seashore Update   
Cumberland National Seashore

Please check out the latest News Release from our friends at Cumberland National Seashore if you are planning to visit. The National Park Service has been busy in full recovery mode after the impact of Hurricane Matthew and we would like to applaud their great work in getting this amazing national resource back up and operating. Plan on a visit soon.

Temporary Signage Resolution

Temporary Signage

The Community Development Department would like to thank local merchants for their input on the future of Signage in the City. As part of the Master Planning process, the City will make zoning changes, which will also impact other parts of the St. Marys Municipal Code. One of those areas will be the signage ordinances. The Community Development Department has initiated a
Temporary Signage Resolution, which would be in effect until the end of 2017, if approved by City Council. The Temporary Signage Resolution provides a streamlined administrative approval process for any sign that meets the twelve points of the Resolution. The Temporary Signage Resolution attempts to bring the two Signage Ordinances and current Temporary Median Signage Resolution into one document, one source of reference, providing business owners, citizens and administrators a clearer process until the Master Plan process provides an approved new Signage Ordinance. This draft is scheduled to go before the City Council at the next available meeting. Please send any comments to jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov.

Historic Preservation ReClassification

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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.

Mobile Foods in St. Marys? Tonight, at City Council.
Mobile Foods

The City Council will discuss the Mobile Foods Ordinance before them for consideration, at tonight’s Council meeting. The Ordinance, an amendment of the Temporary Sales, Soliciting and Vending Ordinance, has been discussed at many workshops and recommended approval by the Planning Commission and will now be considered by Council at tonight’s meeting. The Ordinance can be found here, along with a map of the overlay and a workshop presentation here, for further information. Please join the conversation and let us know how you feel about food trucks and vendors operating in the City.

St. Marys Drone Ordinance Before City Council for Review Tonight

Drone 
The City of St. Marys City Council will review a draft ordinance for unmanned aircraft or what many call drones, this evening, at 6PM in Council Chambers. The draft ordinance, which can be found here, classifies drones by use, as can be seen in the diagram below, where hobby and recreational users are limited by more restrictions that those of business and commercial or public and governmental users. The ordinance has been drafted with our Joint Land Use partners, to provide more security to SUBASE operations and limit the risk of exposure to a quickly growing sector of our transportation environment.

Click here to view a handy diagram of the ordinance.

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.

St. Marys Commercial Signage Workshop
Signage
The City of St. Marys will host a Signage Workshop for local business owners and interested citizens on Friday, November 4th, from 9AM to 10AM, at the St. Marys Welcome Center, 400 Osborne St. The City currently operates under a signage ordinance, which can be found here, while property owners in the historic district operate under an additional ordinance, found here. The One St. Marys Master Plan process has held numerous land use workshops and outreach efforts over the last year and signage is always one of the top concerns. The City asks business owners to come and have their say on signage in the City. The Master Plan project has initiated changes to the zoning ordinance and the historic district ordinance, next will be work towards and improved signage ordinance. We welcome your input and look forward to seeing you next Friday. If you can’t make the meeting but have thoughts on signage please feel free to contact jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov.

Please also be aware that the St. Marys City Council will review the Mobile Foods Ordinance Amendment on their Monday, November 7, meeting agenda. That ordinance will provide new food truck and vending provision, which can be found here, and in new areas of the City, which are mapped here. If you have thoughts on Mobile Foods please be a part of the process.

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

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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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (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
Coastal Georgia Greenway Projects
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.

Permits Issued During the Month of September

During the month of September we issued new residential construction permits to Terry Stover Construction, Scott H. Johnson Construction, James T. Wiggins Construction, and Bent Pine Construction.  Additional permits were issued for porches, storage buildings, and residential and commercial renovations.  I am sure you have noticed Wendy’s Restaurant was renovated, it looks great!
Permit Fees-Grand Total Fees Collected (2)
Residential-Commercial Permits Issued (2)
Permit Fee Totals and Grand Total Fees Collected


Back in
Business

The Community Development Department is back to work and will be open to the public for City business tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11. The storm took a beating on public and private facilities and structures and we are busy documenting the damage for GEMA and FEMA.

Please be aware that these emergency events will bring a lot of ‘fly-by-night’ contractors to town. Make sure that all of your construction work is performed by a Georgia state licensed contractor. We will also, be inundated with ‘fly-by-night’ tree contractors that may attempt to charge exorbitant amounts for tree removals. Please work with trusted local professionals, which can be found in your local yellow pages. If you have damage from the storm, please call your homeowner agent to report the damage and if you are uninsured please report the damage to the St. Marys Building Department, at 912.510.4032. We are documenting all damage to primary residential structures and St. Marys businesses, as these reports will provide documentation to GEMA and FEMA on the City’s eligibility for federal assistance. Please document damage by sending us photos and addresses of damage to structures, at
jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov. 

We also want to take this moment to thank all those that donated food, supplies and resources during Hurricane Matthew and continuing to do so in the recovery. We that worked through the event are very appreciative to those citizens, businesses and partners that supplied support to our folks on the front line. We feel very lucky to have made it through the event and very fortunate to work in such a caring and wonderful community. THANK YOU!

Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting Cancelled Due to Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew Trajectory
The City of St. Marys is currently under a Hurricane Watch, with Hurricane Matthew barreling towards the eastern coast. As a result, the Master Plan Steering Committee’s monthly meeting, scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, has been Cancelled

As members of FEMA’s Community Rating System, we make every effort in keeping our citizens aware of the consequences of building and living in a coastal environment. One of our top priorities is keeping everyone aware of these environmental risks. A great site for keeping up to the minute, if not millisecond, is Mike’s Weather Page, where all of the meteorological and storm data is collected from the various reporting services and our Camden County Emergency Management page for local alerts. JAX Ready is also a good regional resource, which comes as a mobile app and always know that our City of St. Marys website will have the latest news updates and links for your local needs.

Form-Based Code Work Session

Form-Based Code Work Session
The City of St. Marys held a Joint Work Session Monday evening, October 3, for the Mayor & City Council, the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Committee and the Master Plan Steering Committee to discuss upcoming zoning changes and 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 work session compared and contrasted form-based with traditional zoning and other techniques. Since the One St. Marys Master Plan process is nearing its final stretch, which will then result in changes to the zoning ordinance, this work session stressed how zoning changes might work with form-based code and how they might work with other ordinances, such as the Historic Preservation and Signage ordinances. The presentation can be found here.

There are some great sites on the internet with videos, literature and full-fledged courses on form-based code. If you are interested, one of the first sites to visit should be the Form Based Codes Institute, but there are other great resources to draw from, including New Urbanism and 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 example 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. The work session attendees worked with maps identifying areas of need and sketched-out where form-based corridors or districts might alleviate these issues. A composite of the maps produced can be found here. Please stay tuned as the City begins reviewing One St. Marys Master Plan drafts in the next few months and starts to tackle zoning change decisions.




One St. Marys Master Plan Steering Committee Sub-Committee Meeting on Bike/Ped Planning Thursday

Bike-Ped Meeting
Please join the One St. Marys Master Plan Sub-Committee on Bike-Ped Planning Thursday, September 29, at 4PM, as they review the 2005 Camden County Bike-Ped Plan and look at the future of multi-modal travel planning for St. Marys. Click here for the agenda.

Draft ReClassification of the Historic District Process

HPC ReClassification Map

Click here to view a map of the HPC reclassification.

The Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of updating the classification of Historic District properties. The draft of those can be found in the Google Map above. This process classifies properties according to scale, which corresponds with the Historic Preservation ordinance and which will work compatibly with the new zoning code being developed for the City, as part of the One St. Marys Master Plan process.
Section 62–86 of the St. Marys Municipal Code designates properties as follows:
 
(1)    Historic (more than 50 years old and contributing to the historical character of the district).
(2)    Historic-obscured (more than 50 years old, but not contributing to the historical character of the district due to unsympathetic but not irreparable alterations).
(3)    Non-historic (less than 50 years old if possessing architectural character).
(4)    Intrusions (structures of any age which detract from the historical character of the district).
(5)    Vacant.
 
The HPC will hold another hearing on the ReClassification next month, Thursday, October 18th, at 5:30 PM in the Council Chamber of City Hall. If you have any thoughts or questions please contact Community Development.

FEMA Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map 90-Day Appeal Period
FEMA Logo
On September 8, 2016, FEMA sent a letter to Mayor Morrissey and the citizens of St. Marys notifying the City that the 90-Day Statutory appeal period had begun. This appeal period gives cities and any citizen the right to bring forward any scientific or technical data that contradicts the Preliminary Map findings. FEMA has published the proposed flood hazard determinations in the Federal Register and will publish a public notification concerning the appeal process in the Tribune and Georgian. For a complete copy of the notification letter to the City, please click here.
If you have any further questions, please contact Jeff Adams, Community Development Director, at 912.510.4035, or jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov.

City of St. Marys Walks to End
Alzheimer's
Team City of St. Marys will be participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans. The event will be Saturday, September 17th at Howard Gilman Waterfront Park.
Alzheimer's Flowers


Master Plan Steering Committee Workshop
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.

Savannah food trucks nearly ready to roll
Savannah Food Trucks
(photo by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Posted on savannahnow.com, September 7, 2016 08:49 pm - Updated September 8, 2016 06:38 am 

By Eric Curl

The city’s recent approval of a food truck ordinance is being praised by budding entrepreneurs and lovers of curbside cuisine. But there are still some steps that need to be taken before Savannah’s appetite for roaming restaurants is satisfied. One misconception some want-to-be food truck operators have is that a vehicle is all they need to get started, according to officials with the Chatham County Health Department. Not so, said Lauren Baker-Newton, a Chatham environmental health specialist. In addition to their truck, or “mobile unit," operators will need to rent or own a base of operations for food preparation and storage that will be inspected on a regular basis — just like a traditional brick and mortar restaurant, Baker-Newton said. “The unit cannot exist without the base of operation,” she said. “The two have to work together.” In addition, the food truck operator must provide proof the proposed vending location was approved by the property owner, and employees must have access to restrooms within 200 feet of the site. 
 
Since the ordinance passed, President Ryan Giannoni said the Savannah Food Truck Association has been inundated with calls from people wanting to start their own operation. The need for a commissary kitchen is one of the first things Giannoni tells them. “Without that you could have a million dollar truck,” he said. “You just can’t use it.” Basically, the commissary is like a second kitchen they have to maintain in addition to the truck itself. The requirements are necessary to keep food fresh and the operation sanitary, said Brian Maher, co-owner of the Dark Shark Taco Attack food truck. The requirements and inspections may make it more difficult to get established than what some people think, but it is important for those wanting to get involved in the industry to understand the rules, Maher said. “One violation for one truck is going to be bad for all of us,” he said. “We all want to do this right.”
 
To provide information about the regulations, requirements and application process surrounding the ordinance, the city is holding a food truck “rollout” meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Savannah Civic Center. After the session, the Savannah Zoning Department will start accepting food truck applications for site approval on Sept. 16.
 
The mayor and aldermen passed the food truck ordinance on Aug. 18, one year after staff had first presented the proposed regulations to the previous council. The ordinance allows for the operation of food trucks on private property in commercial, mixed-use, industrial and institutional zones — as long as they are 200 feet from a restaurant — and in designated public spaces during limited hours and special events. The ordinance also includes a lottery system for choosing which food trucks can operate in certain designated public areas such as Daffin Park. 


Building Permit Fees Collected During the Month of
August
Permit Fees/Grand Total Fees Collected
Residential/Commercial Permits Issued

In August permits were issued to W. H. Gross Construction, Murrell Construction, Inc., Parr Builders, Readdick Construction, Genoa Construction Services, Nash Contractors, Inc., and Southeast General Construction for residential/commercial new construction and residential/commercial renovations.

Arby’s Restaurant has completed their renovation and it looks nice.  

Good Job!
Wendy’s Restaurant will soon begin renovations.

One St. Marys Zoning Workshops Summary
Change Ahead
Connie Cooper, with Cooper Consulting Company, working with EPG and the St. Marys One Master Plan Steering Committee, conducted a series of community workshops and interviews regarding proposed zoning changes for the City. The Summary of the Workshops is now available here. The St. Marys One Master Plan process continues with Steering Committee meetings monthly and the drafting of the plan over the coming months. Please feel free to join the Steering Committee for a meeting or check out the One St. Marys website.

Rescheduled Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting Tonight

With the passing of Hurricane Hermine, the Master Plan Steering Committee have rescheduled and will meet tonight, at the St. Marys Senior Center, 120 Davis St., at 6PM. The MPSC will cover a range of topics, from the Zoning Workshops to the Sea Level Rise Workshop. With over 200 households in the City of St. Marys without a vehicle for transportation, and many in elderly, disabled or at-risk households, the Master Plan Steering Committee will also begin to consider strategies for future access and development to create opportunities for all St. Marys citizens. Join the MPSC this evening as they address many of the challenges and opportunities for St. Marys’ future. To access the agenda, please click here. To view a map showing the prevalance of zero vehicle households, click here.



New Mobile Foods Draft Available for Review

The Planning Commission held its initial public hearing on the Mobile Foods Draft Ordinance Amendment, an amendment to the Temporary Sales, Vending & Soliciting chapter of the St. Marys Municipal Code last Tuesday night, August 23rd. The Planning Commission listened to public input and concerns and directed staff to incorporate changes to include in the new draft. The new draft is available here, along with the draft map. We welcome your comments and suggestions, just contact jeff.adams@stmarysga.gov, stop by our offices at City Hall, or be a part of the next public meeting, scheduled for September 27th, at 5:30.


Happy National Dog Day to our furry, faithful friends!
National Dog Day


Come one, come all!! It's almost that time of year! Be on the lookout for the notoriously famous, indubitably hilarious, and occasionally corny
fire clowns! Visiting schools and various other locations soon! For information on times, dates and locations contact St. Marys Fire Department (912-882-6289).

Fire Clowns


Goodwill has relocated to 6100 GA Hwy 40 East, Suite C
. A new St. Marys location to better serve their great customers.  Happy shopping!!
Goodwill

Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting Thursday Night

After a week of Zoning discussions with great public input at our public meetings, the Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC) will hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting to discuss a range of topics. Please join the MPSC this month, Thursday, September 1, at 6PM, at the St. Marys Senior Center, 120 Davis St. and be a part of St. Marys future plan. Please click here for the agenda. If you’d like to read the latest draft of St. Marys’ Character Areas click here and feel free to join us Thursday.

One St. Marys Master Plan Zoning Changes at the Planning Commission Tuesday



Tuesday night, August 23, at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers, at St. Marys City Hall, the Planning Commission will begin the process of working through the Land Use recommendations gathered from all of the community input over the past six months of the One St. Marys Master Planning process and forming zoning changes. Connie Cooper, FAICP, of Cooper Consulting, Inc., will lead the Planning Commission on a discussion on “Using Land Use Codes to Create Better Development.” If making St. Marys one of those great places interests you then join us on Tuesday!

Mobile Foods Ordinance Before the Planning Commission Tuesday Night