On Oct. 19, residents on the western side of Hinesville gathered at the Savannah Technical College Liberty Campus to hear the final presentation on what they hope the future use of that area will look like.
Melissa Jones, planner II with the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, presented the following updates at the meeting:
• Highway 196 and Airport Road are mixed-use urban corridors.
• Terrell Mills Pond has a conservation land use because of environmental constraints.
• The individual land-use designations have been pulled out of the Planned Unit Development, Independence. In other words, the plots on the map were broken down into more-specific designations. A significant portion of the land is now in a conservation area and has the appropriate land-use designation; the low-density and high-density residential areas have also been specified.
• A significant amount of the frontage along 15th Street is commercial.
• Twelve churches have been changed to public/institutional.
In an email, Jones wrote, “These meetings are being conducted to update the Future Land Use Map that will be included in the 2040 Liberty County Comprehensive Plan. The plan is required by Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Once approved the government meets the criteria of a ‘Qualified Local Government’ (QLG).”
She went on to write that “several local and state loan and grant programs require governments to have a clear QLG designation to apply for funding.”
“The plan will serve as a guide and provide insight on how to address issues and opportunities in the areas of housing, transportation, economic development, education, community facilities and services and intergovernmental agreement,” she wrote.
LCPC staff will take the Hinesville West map to the planning commission Nov. 17 to be approved and then present it to the Hinesville City Council on Dec. 3, according to Jones.
Jones wrote that the next area the LCPC will update is the “Hinesville Mid Subarea, which includes area between Veterans Parkway and Gen. Screven (Way) as well as the neighborhoods along South Main Street and West Oglethorpe (Highway) towards Allenhurst. These meetings will be held on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Frank Long Elementary.”
After that, the LCPC will visit the Hinesville East Subarea, which “includes the historic downtown area and the neighborhoods along Sandy Run, Fraser Drive and Forest Street plus Martin Woods,” Jones wrote. “These meetings will be held Jan. 25, 2016, and Feb. 22, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Stafford Pavilion.”