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Residents invited to comment on plan
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Area residents are invited to comment on the Coastal Comprehensive Plan at one — or all — of three public meetings being held this week by the Department of Community Affairs.
Starting Monday, workshop-type meetings will be held in Savannah, Brunswick and Midway. The local session will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coastal EMC on Highway 17 in Midway.
The workshops are part of a process started in 2005 when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed an executive order directing the Department of Community Affairs to prepare a plan for sustainable future development without compromising the region’s valuable and vulnerable natural environment.
DCA appointed a 35-member Coastal Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee to study tourism, economic development and environmental management, housing and transportation issues affecting Georgia’s coastal area as it develops the plan.
This week’s stakeholder meetings are jointly sponsored by the committee and DCA. Local committee members include Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver, Mayor Tom Ratcliffe of Hinesville, the Rev. J.C. Shipman of Midway and Paul Michael, the director of land resources for the Hampton Island development.
The CCPAC is comprised of 31 residents from Georgia's coastal counties — Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh and three members from outside the state’s six-county coastal region. DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty serves as CCPAC chairman.
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