Agenda: SGRC Regional Plan Update Workshop in Valdosta 2017-09-21

I still want to know which river that is, under “(2) Areas Requiring Special Attention Defining Narrative; Threatened Regionally Important Resources&rdquo. And what I already sent SGRC for WWALS is below this reminder message. Received yesterday:

(2) Areas Requiring Special Attention Defining Narrative; Threatened Regionally Important Resources

Good Morning,

A quick reminder for our 1st Regional Plan Update Workshop on:

September 21st, 2017 9:30a to 12:30p

Valdosta SGRC Offices at 327 W. Savannah Ave

The first workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. Review the existing issues and opportunities within the Region and determine whether they are still applicable or if any changes (deletions, additions, modifications) need to be made. The sections concerning Education and Senior Services & Aging do not contain any issues and opportunities as of yet (they were not part of the original Regional Plan), and will therefore need to be developed.
  2. Based on the revised issues and opportunities for all sections (Economic Development, Natural & Cultural Resources, Community Facilities & Services, Housing, Land Use & Transportation, Intergovernmental Coordination, Education, Senior Services & Aging) we will need to develop corresponding Regional Goals for each element. This is an exciting opportunity to express your vision for the Region in the form of specific goals to be reached in the next 10 years.

A copy of the Regional Plan Workbook is available for download on our website, you can request it from us directly via email, and we will bring hard copies to the workshop.

There’s also a copy on with the maps pulled out into small, large, and huge images plus a one-page PDF for each.

We are hoping that you all will be able to come to bring and share your communities’ knowledge, experience and input to the new Regional Plan to make it truly regional and applicable to all. The following workshops in the three or four workshop series all will build upon each other, so we hope that you will be able to attend all. We will repeat the dates for all workshops at the first workshop or just email us for more information.

We are looking very much forward to seeing you on the 21st of September, hope you all are safe, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Julia Shewchuk, AICP
Planning Director | Southern Georgia Regional Commission

What WWALS already sent to SGRC 2017-08-23

A few suggestions for improvement come to mind already.

There is no mention of the Floridan Aquifer, which should be a major topic.

None of the rivers are named, nor any other wetlands, such as the world-famous Okefenokee Swamp.

There’s a nice Bicycle Network Map:

Regional Bicycle Corridors
Regional Bicycle Corridors

Another map of the Water Trails in the region would be good. I know of at least six:

  1. Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trails
  2. Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
  3. Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT)
  4. Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT)
  5. Satilla River Water Trail
  6. St Mary’s River Paddling Trail

Thanks for organizing this update and its workshops.


What else should WWALS suggest to SGRC?

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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