Land Use:Without a unified vision, our quality of life is at risk.
One Hundred Miles works with all who love our coast to conserve its signature landscapes and implement balanced strategies for growth.
What’s at Stake
Our magnificent landscapes are a defining feature of our coast. Georgia’s vast marshes, barrier island beaches, maritime forests, and other coastal habitats provide more than a scenic backdrop: they also translate into clean water and air, important wildlife habitat, and ample opportunities for recreation, hunting, and fishing.
50% of our coastal counties remain covered by forest and eight of our barrier islands are under some form of permanent protection; as a result, Georgia has been largely shielded from much of the development pressure seen in other states. But as land grows scarce in neighboring states, it is widely recognized that our local governments have not adequately planned for growth.
What We’re Doing
Our team is working with local and state elected officials and community leaders to ensure growth plans enhance our communities and support habitat conservation. We advocate for smart growth policies, responsible zoning and infrastructure planning, and local and state funding for conservation land acquisition.
We also encourage our partners to include growth scenarios when setting land use priorities. When we are successful, growth will be a recognized tool for conservation, and conservation will be an accepted tool for growth management.
Spaceport Camden – Earlier this year, Camden County signed a land-use agreement giving them the option of purchasing a 4,000-acre parcel located at the end of Harriett’s Bluff Road. The county argues that this use of public funding will kickstart the development of Spaceport Camden, a private, vertical rocket launch site and supporting industrial complex.
Although the idea of a Spaceport is exciting, taxpayers in Camden County must remain informed about the project’s potential negative impacts on our environment, fiscal resources, and coastal communities. One Hundred Miles is concerned about how this project will affect our quality of life on the Georgia coast. Learn more about the effects of the proposed Spaceport and how you can take action.
Envision Glynn 2020 – Just as one cannot build a structurally-sound house without a blueprint, our community needs an effective vision to successfully implement a land development plan. That’s why we are working with the St. Simons Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land, the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, and the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau to create a community-wide visioning campaign for Glynn County. The Envision Glynn 2020 project will identify opportunities to connect the various communities through greenspace, bike paths, and access to our waterways.
We have successfully formed a 30+ person Steering Committee of leaders working with local citizens to present a integrated and balanced vision for our community. Learn more about Envision Glynn 2020 and how you can get involved.