Jekyll Island draft plan to open for public comment

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -The Jekyll Island Authority will be posting a public draft of the new Island Conservation Plan.

The draft plan may be subject to more changes and depends on comments from the committee and public. The draft of the plan will be available Jan. 4 on the Jekyll Island website Copies will also be available at the Jekyll Island Authority offices.

The plan aims to create a framework for conservation and management that will assure protection of natural resources on Jekyll Island over the long term. It is mandatory that 65% of the island remain undeveloped, for this reason, every aspect of the revitalization is carefully analyzed by the Jekyll Island Authority and its Board of Directors to make sure that each development site keeps to the set guidelines and ordinances, according to the Jekyll Island Authority.

The JIA will allow a minimum of 30 days for the public to review and submit comments. Comments can be sent directly to Jay Exum, AECOM, or to the Jekyll Island Authority at 100 James Road, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, fax 912.635.4004.

After the comment period, a public meeting will be held to review the plan, answer any questions and take comments. Completion of the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan is expected in early 2011 but only after sufficient time for public input is allowed, according to the JIA. The plan must be adopted by the Jekyll Island Authority before it becomes official policy.

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