On the calendar for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC), Charlton County Comprehensive Plan Update Workshop:
When: Tue, August 27, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: 68 Kingsland Dr. Suite B Folkston, GA (map)
Description: First Workshop to discuss Goals, Issues, and Opportunities.
Currently, the only mention of mining in the 2015 Joint Charlton County Comprehensive Plan Update for Charlton County and The Cities of Folkston and Homeland Adopted 4/23/2015, is on page 8 (emphasis added):
Chapter 391-3-16: Rules for Environmental Planning Criteria
The Environmental Planning Criteria that are part of the Minimum Planning Standards deal specifically with the protection of water supply watersheds, groundwater recharge areas, wetlands, river corridors, and mountains, the last of these not being applicable in this region. These criteria were developed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as mandated in Part V of the Georgia Planning Act and in the Mountains and River Corridor Protection Act.
The criteria require that local governments shall identify existing and future water supply watersheds and adopt a water supply watershed protection plan for their jurisdiction.
Some uses may be grandfathered, such as land uses existing prior to the adoption of a watershed plan, mining activities permitted by DNR, certain utilities placements, special forestry, or agricultural services.
The Environmental guidelines also spell out criteria for the delineation of small and large water supply watersheds, for the protection of groundwater recharge areas, for the protection of wetlands, and for the protection of river corridors which shall be incorporated into this comprehensive plan and addressed specifically and in more detail through local ordinances and land development code regulations.
Maybe it’s time for some updates on that, perhaps similar to what Union County, Florida, did to prevent phosphate mining.
Somehow the current titanium mining proposal on Trail Ridge near the Okefenokee Swamp comes to mind.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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