Charlton County, GA, Workshop, Comprehensive Plan 2019-08-27

There was a surprising amount of consensus on things that needed to be added to the Charlton County Comprehensive Plan, at the first Workshop conducted by Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC).

[Clockwise from left: Ouida Johnson, Homeland Mayor; Pender Lloyd, Folkston City Manager; Hampton Raulerson, Charlton County Administrator; Elizabeth Backe, SGRC; Laura Early, Satilla Riverkeeper; John S. Quarterman (hat), Suwannee Riverkeeper; Blair Nixon, Homeland City Council Post 4.]
Clockwise from left: Ouida Johnson, Homeland Mayor; Pender Lloyd, Folkston City Manager; Hampton Raulerson, Charlton County Administrator; Elizabeth Backe, SGRC; Laura Early, Satilla Riverkeeper; John S. Quarterman (hat), Suwannee Riverkeeper; Blair Nixon, Homeland City Council Post 4.

I’ll leave it to SGRC’s Elizabeth Backe to summarize that meeting. For now, suffice it to say that I think I did get them to mention the Suwannee River in many places where it previously was not, and I think also water trails and Suwannee Riverkeeper.

The next Charlton County Comprehensive Plan Update Workshop will be:

When: 2-4 PM, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Where: Charlton County Administrative Offices, 68 Kingsland Dr. Suite B, Folkston, GA.

What: “We will be discussing the Policies and Community Work Program and Report of Accomplishments sections (5 and 6) of the Comprehensive Plan. If you are not able to attend this workshop, please feel free to send me any suggestions or comments by email.” –Elizabeth Backe, ebacke@sgrc.us

At the first Workshop, Ms. Backe used an initial discussion on Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) to motivate the detailed walk-through of part of the planning document.

[Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats]
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

Charlton County does not have county-wide zoning. There was some discussion about what implementing that might involve if they should ever choose to do so.

Until then, below are all the maps from the Charlton County Comprehensive Plan last updated April 23, 2015.

[Character Areas]
Character Areas

You can see there is no concept of any zone specific to mining.

[Water Resource Districts]
Water Resource Districts

Mining did a few times come up in that meeting; the same differences of opinion persist as before. However, I think everyone in the room could see the main concern of everyone was the economic and ecological welfare of Charlton County.

This map was hanging on the wall:

[Charlton Bridge Study Locations]
Charlton Bridge Study Locations

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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