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Georgia Flood Map Program
If you would like to learn about your flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain regulations, or contact a floodplain official, the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has a great website with all that information. Click here for the website.

Historic Preservation Committee Approves Ordinance Amendment & Re-Classification of the District

The Historic Preservation Committee(HPC) recommended approval of the 2017 Historic District Re-Classification 2017 Historic District Re-Classification and the Chapter 62 Ordinance Amendment. The HPC Re-Classification updates the classification of each property within the District, without modification to the District Boundary. The HPC Ordinance Amendment makes minor procedural changes, while rearranging the document to correspond to administrative and hearing processes. Both the Re-Classification and Ordinance Amendment will come before the City Council in the coming month. If you have questions or comments, please contact

One St. Marys City Master Plan approved by Planning Commission, before the City Council, Monday, July 3rd

The Planning Commission will review the One St. Marys Master Plan on Tuesday evening, June 20th, at 5:30 PM.  On May 4th, 2017, the Master Plan Steering Committee(MPSC) approved the Master Plan, which will be heard by the Planning Commission and forwarded to the City Council for their consideration. The One St. Marys Master Plan consists of the Document, Maps, Community Work Program by Subject and by Priority, the Data Assessment, the Community Engagement Plan, the Transportation Plan, and the St. Marys Flood Resiliency Report. The Meeting Agenda, Staff Report, and Master Plan Summary, by Mike Rich, the Chair of the MPSC, are also available for review.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Community Development Department or come to the meeting Monday night and have your say.

Joint Comprehensive Plan Workshop

As the Joint Comprehensive Plan Update begins, representatives from Camden County, Kingland, St. Marys and Woodbine held a Workshop last week to discuss the project timeline, goals and possible impacts. In light of the recent St. Marys Sea Rise Study, representatives worked at the table-level to discuss future growth and the constraints impacting that growth. Lupita McClenning, of the Coastal Regional Commission was on hand to lead a discussion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder work sessions and a review of the feedback already garnered from those sessions. Maps from the various jurisdictions can be found below along with the presentation materials. You can stay engaged in the Joint Comprehensive Plan Project by following the posts or connect with the Community Development happenings on our Facebook feed.

Joint Comprehensive Plan & Resiliency Workshop Presentation, Adams
Growth Trends & Population Projections for Camden County, Kessler
Joint Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Packet
Constraints & Growth Map of Camden County
Constraints & Growth Map of Kingsland
Constraints & Growth Map of St. Marys
Constraints & Growth Map of Woodbine

St. Marys Sea Rise Report

Dr. Jason Evans and many of the authors and researchers that were part of the St. Marys Flood Resiliency Project were in town to present their findings from a three year study on the rising risks of flooding associated with sea rise, before the St. Marys City Council. The project has been a collaboration of the City, with Georgia Sea Grant, Stetson University and North Carolina Sea Grant, and began with a series of stakeholder interviews, town hall public meetings and facilitated discussion sessions to form the heart of an innovative Vulnerability, Consequences and Adaptation Planning Scenarios(VCAPS) structural modeling approach. Results from the VCAPS process were then used to inform a series of custom geo-spatial vulnerability assessments that analyzed current and future flood risks to property and infrastructure under different sea-level rise scenarios.  The Final Report, detailing the finding and recommendations, from the technical sea-rise projections to the Community Rating System work, can be found below.

St. Marys Sea Rise Final Report

Downtown Form-Based Code Workshop