As staff for Effingham County, and in response to a May 10 letter to the editor, I would like to clarify the need and purpose of a comprehensive plan. First, without such a plan, the county would not receive funding from a variety of state agencies. On the practical level, the plan provides for orderly development and protection of our natural and historic resources. A part of the plan is a future development map which ensures that property owners have some assurance as to what uses are available for their properties.
Effingham County’s comprehensive plan 10-year update was originally due in 2007. The State changed some of the requirements and as a result changed our due date to 2012. Because we had already started the process and our current plan was outdated, we decided to complete the plan rather than follow the new deadline.
The comprehensive plan process requires public participation and two such public meetings have already been held with the next one scheduled for June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Effingham County High School. Everyone, including those with concerns about the process and/or the final product, is certainly encouraged to attend. In the meantime if you have any questions or comments please contact me.
George B. Shaw
Senior Planner for Effingham County