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Existing Goals and Policies - 1992 Comprehensive Plan

Existing Goals and Policies - 1992 Comp Plan

Bainbridge Georgia Comprehensive Plan 2007 - Draft
I. Consistency with Quality Community Objectives
II. Analysis of Areas Requiring Special Attention
III. Identification of Issues and Opportunities

Economic Element


Goal:
  • To enhance economic development in the City with primary emphasis on existing industries, recruitment of new industries and continue development of an industrial mix.
Policy:
  • 3.3 Encourage the full utilization of space in the industrial parks and make available space known to all potential prospects.
  • 3.4 Study and provide assistance for improved facilities at the local airport.
  • 3.5 Develop an international development strategy
  • 3.6 Actively participate in regional economic development efforts.
  • 3.7 Continue local government support for economic development.
  • 3.8 Actively pursue the location of agribusiness-related industries.

Housing Element

Goal:
  • To encourage the provision of adequate and affordable housing for the current and future population.
Policy:
  • 2.1 To eliminate substandard housing conditions and enhance the useful life of the existing housing stock.
  • 2.2 Designate CDBG target areas in the Cities and pursue neighborhood revitalization projects.
  • 2.3 Facilitate the development of group hosing and foster care facilities.
  • 2.4 Continue to upgrade public infrastructure to improve existing neighborhoods.
  • 2.5 Encourage development of housing diversity to meet market demands for a range of hosing types and costs.
  • 2.6 Promote the preservation of historically significant homes and districts.
  • 2.7 Continue to provide efficient processing on development regulations and work with the development community to further streamline the regulatory process.
  • 2.8 Adopt a Historic Preservation Ordinance.
  • 2.9 Thorough land use and other policies, the City will encourage the development of a variety of housing types and a range of densities to accommodate the housing needs and economic capabilities of all of its residents.
  • 2.10 Periodically examine housing patterns and trends within the City to see if zoning districts should be adjusted to allow for better use of the existing housing stock consistent with the preservation of viable neighborhoods.
  • 2.11 The City will encourage the use of in-fill residential development in portions of the City which have been bypassed in favor of more distant suburban housing, especially where central water and sanitary sewer facilities are present. This policy can be particularly important in revitalizing.
  • 2.12 Target specific infrastructure improvements within neighborhoods to be funded within Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other matching of funds and implement on schedule.
  • 2.13 Vigorously pursue code enforcement within City neighborhoods. Remove abandoned automobiles and appliances, clean-up trash, demolish unsafe and abandoned buildings, and in general, require that homeowners and landlords be responsible for the upkeep of their property.

Natural and Historic Resources Element

Goal:
  • Encourage the protection and conservation of natural and historic resources in the City
Policy:
  • 1.1 Promote identification and protection of the City's historic and archaeological resources and establish a working committee to engage in appropriate preservation activities.
  • 1.2 Acquire significant natural areas to preserve for public use.
  • 1.3 Protect plant and animal habitats of rare or endangered species from development through education programs.
  • 1.4 Encourage comprehensive stormwater management.
  • 1.5 Continue to provide protection of natural resources through upgraded land review and permitting processes and staff education.
  • 1.6 Promote the protection of river and creek corridors, wetlands, significant groundwater recharge areas and floodplains.
  • 1.7 Encourage tree protection and adequate landscaping around new development.
  • 1.8 Protect the community from the adverse affects of largescale development by reviewing DRIs.
  • 1.9 Protect Resources of Regional Importance that are not otherwise protected by nominating such resources for protection.

Land Use Element

Goal:
  • Provide adequate protection of residential neighborhoods, commercial, industrial and environmentally sensitive areas from encroachment by non-compatible land use and to provide protection against environmental degradation.
Policy:
  • 5.1 Discourage development that would disturb environmentally sensitive resources.
  • 5.2 Mitigate negative visual effects of strip commercial and industrial development by developing landscaping, signage and buffering regulations.
  • 5.3 Develop standard of development for the U.S. 27 Corridor.
Goal:
  • Preserve the downtown area as the City's major trade, service and government center
Policy:
  • 6.1 Actively seek the development of new business, professional offices, government services, and housing within the Central Business District.
  • 6.2 Study the feasibility of establishing a special tax district for the Central Business District.
  • 6.3 Study the need for the re-establishment of the old Downtown Development Authority.

Community Facilities Element

Goal:
  • Effectively provide adequate public services and facilities.
Policy:
  • 4.1 Encourage intergovernmental cooperation in providing services most efficiently.
  • 4.2 Encourage the most efficient placement of public safety facilities.
  • 4.3 Adopt educational programs and other methods aimed at reaching a 25 percent solid waste reduction goal by 1996.
  • 4.4 Encourage the utilization of public school facilities for community recreation.
  • 4.5 Provide for quality library and educational services.
  • 4.6 Provide for improved governmental facilities and adequately trained staff to manage high quality growth.
  • 4.7 Extend sewer services to areas of the City presently not served.
  • 4.8 Actively work to improve and maintain City’s major street network.
  • 4.9 Provide sidewalks at all City school facilities.
  • 4.10 Make specific study of Shotwell and Scott Streets for one-way possibility.
  • 4.11 Make specific study of Scott Street for possible extension north of Albany Highway.
  • 4.12 Improve the boat launching areas at Griffin Park.
  • 4.13 Provide for Crime Prevention Programs.
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