The Bulloch County Board of Commissioners approved the 2010-2030 Comprehenisve Plan Update that includes a new Future Development Guide and Map. The original plan was drafted in 1993, but has not been substantially updated except for land Use amendments in 2006. County staff led by Andy Welch, Assistant to the County Manager and Chief Administrative Officer for Community Development worked with an ad hoc committee of citizens appointed by the Board of Commissioners to prepare and recommend limited final updates and revisions. After review by the County Planning and Zoning Commission and the State of Georgia for planning concurrency, the Plan was approved by the County Commission.
The key features of the Future Land Use Map designate areas around the county’s cities, particularly Statesboro and Brooklet for a higher levels or densitities of development. There are also designated more moderate rural residential development districts in unincorporated communities such as Clito, Hopeulikit, Nevils, Olney and Stilson. Similarly, there are areas that reflect nodes for commercial or industrial development. Finally, there are also significant masses of undeveloped land that are designated to have limited development in light of agriculture and forestry activities and sensitive environmental areas.
The Plan document consists of information that supports the Map concept and provides guidelines for Planning and Zoning Commission and the County Commission to use in making decisions with development applications and proposals. Over the next year, county staff is likely to recommend changes in development regulations that are conducive to the concepts suggested in this document