Mainland and Islands planning commissions held a joint meeting Tuesday to review a proposed zoning ordinance amendment which, if approved by the Glynn County Commission, will allow the Sea Island Co. to proceed with a beach renourishment plan.

According to a draft of the amendment, beach renourishment falls under the authority of the state Department of Natural Resources. Glynn County also regulates beach renourishment, which the draft states is a duplication of services.

The draft amendment says the county is duplicating procedures the DNR already follows. Giving the DNR full authority over beach renourishment would save county staff time and taxpayer dollars, the draft states.

The amendment establishes areas within the beach and dune development setback, allow for additional permitted activities within the setback and clarify some terms in the county’s ordinances.

If the amendment is approved, it will allow the Sea Island Co. to get approval for its renourishment project from the DNR more quickly. With DNR approval, Sea Island will also be able to seek final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

IPC member Desiree Watson recommended changes to the amendment to provide additional protection for plants growing on dunes and remove a section that would allow excavation of dunes as a conditional use.

Both planning commissions passed motions to recommend the county commission approve the amendment with conditions.

Those conditions, as stated by IPC member Stan Humphries, included narrowing the amendment’s scope to the Sea Island Co.’s immediate needs and a six-month expiration date on the amendment. The motion also included a stipulation that staff work on a permanent amendment to the same effect in the intervening six months.

Following the joint planning commission meeting, the MPC held its regular meeting.

The commission recommended approval of a rezoning request for a 49-acre property north of exit 29 of U.S. Interstate 95, where the applicant plans to build a 252-unit apartment complex.

Commissioners also approved three site plans: an expansion to Mike Murphy Kia’s service garage, a Discount Tires service station and store across the Ga. Spur 25 from the Canal Crossing Shopping Center and a residential development of 12 duplexes on Glyndale Drive.

The next meeting of the Mainland Planning Commission is 6 p.m. July 10 in the old courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick.

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