MAREX and Georgia Sea Grant recognize the importance of local planning in order to encourage sustainable environmental and economic development.
Cities and counties along the Georgia coast have worked closely with UGA staff to adopt plans that include incentives for stormwater management, water conservation, quality growth, sustainable land use and climate adaptation.
We provide technical assistance to local planners, managers and elected officials. Model ordinances continue to be incorporated into local comprehensive plans, along with coordinated outreach to community stakeholders.
Providing training and seminars on current coastal topics is part of MAREX outreach efforts.
Altama Community Transformation (ACT) District Corridor Plan
MAREX provided sustainable land use planning, tools and design technical assistance for a Brunswick-Glynn County UGA Archway Partnership Project, the Altama Community Transformation (ACT) District Corridor Plan (Phase 1).
Fueled by future population growth prospects, hospital, college and school expansion plans and business and property owner interest for a thriving community, the need to revitalize this 1,600 acre region of Brunswick united multiple agencies and organizations in the Plan. Utilizing research and analysis, public input and stakeholder engagement, design and implementation, plans were created for Phase I, the Altama Avenue Corridor.
Initiated in 2011, the final report was adopted by the UGA Brunswick-Glynn County Archway Partnership Executive Committee and Growth Task Force in 2012.
Jekyll Island Authority Master Plan Revision
Part of the Georgia State park system, Jekyll Island is managed by the Jekyll Island-State Park Authority (JIA). Open for public use, this coastal barrier island has limited commercial and residential development due to its intended ecosystem preservation. Managing this balance is a Master Plan.
Since 2012, MAREX has provided natural resource protection and sustainable land use planning technical assistance for the JIA Master Plan. MAREX staff serve on the 65/35 Land Development and Environmental Planning Task Force that is reviewing all environmental planning elements of the Master Plan revision, including integration of the existing JIA Conservation Plan. Charged with reviewing current development definitions, best planning practices and development map, staff make recommendations for creating the most accurate land-use map based on current best planning practices. Developed and affirmed information is presented in a public forum and to the JIA Master Plan Steering Committee.
Once finalized, the updated JIA Master Plan is intended to provide clear and consistent guidelines on future Jekyll Island sustainable development and natural resources management.