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October 10, 2017 | News

City's comprehensive plan update due next year

Writer: Deborah Bayliss

Published October 10, 2017
The Brunswick News

City of Brunswick staff is in the midst of updating its overall comprehensive plan that is due in November next year.

While the end of next year may sound like a lot of time to do what’s needed to update the plan, city staff will have to incorporate a lot of different development and other plans into the overall comprehensive plan.

“A lot of work is involved and I would say we have about seven or eight current plans that will become part of the overall comprehensive plan,” said City Planner John Hunter.

Along with the recently-completed 2017 Renaissance Strategic Vision & Plan, which was completed this year with the help of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia — the same group that will assist city staff with updating the comprehensive plan — the recently approved Tax Allocation District #1: Historic Core Redevelopment Plan along with the re-development plans for Mary Ross Park are among the plans that will be incorporated into the comprehensive plan.

“The comprehensive plan is a tool to help guide and keep us on track,” Hunter said. “It hasn’t always been a state requirement but the state now encourages it and requires updates as a way to keep pace with growth.”

Bren White-Daiss, Brunswick’s director of planning, development and codes, announced Brunswick’s comprehensive plan update and basic timeline of work to be completed in 2017-2018 during a city commission meeting last week.

The city’s comprehensive plan was last updated in 2008 with a short-term update in 2013.

The city has budgeted approximately $20,000 for an intergovernmental agreement with the Carl Vinson Institute for assistance that will include public input and work sessions, public surveys which will be scheduled later.