Subject 110-12-4 REGIONALLY IMPORTANT RESOURCES
|(1)||General. The Georgia Planning Act authorizes the Department of Community Affairs (the Department) to establish specific rules and procedures for the identification of Regionally Important Resources, development of a plan for protection and management of these resources, and for review of activities potentially impacting these resources. These specific rules and procedures are provided herein and are applicable to all local governments and Regional Commissions in the State. The intent of the these rules and procedures is: (1) enhanced focus on protection and management of important natural and cultural resources throughout the state; (2) careful consideration of, and planning for, impacts of new development on these important resources; and (3) improved local, regional and state level coordination in protecting and managing of these important resources.|
The rules require that:
|(3)||Changes and Interpretation. These rules and regulations may from time to time be revised by the Department pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act. The Department is the final authority for interpretation of these rules.|
|(1)||Regionally Important Resource
Nominations. The Regional Commission must seek nominations from
individuals, interested organizations (such as land trusts, conservation or
environmental protection groups active in the region), local governments and
governmental agencies for important natural or cultural resources located
within the region. These nominations will be considered by the Regional
Commission in developing the Regional Important Resources Map for the region
110-12-4-.02(2)(a)2. below). All
nominations must include:
|(2)|| Preparation of the
Regional Resource Plan. The Regional Commission shall prepare a
Regional Resource Plan for protection and management of the
important natural and cultural resources located within the region. The
Regional Commission shall seek advice from affected local governments and
stakeholders at appropriate points during development of the Regional
Resource Plan. This plan must include the following components.
and Review of the Regional Resource Plan. Upon completion, the Regional
Commission must submit its Regional Resource Plan to the
Department for review.The Regional Resource Plan must be
transmitted prior to the deadline specified in the Schedule for
Regional Planning maintained by the Department.
|(4)|| Promulgating the
Regional Resource Plan. Once adopted, the Regional Resource Plan
must be promulgated within the region by the Regional Commission as
|(1)|| For the purpose
of these rules, the following words will have the meaning as contained herein
unless the context does not permit such meaning. Terms not defined in these
rules but defined in O.C.G.A.
seq., will have the meanings contained therein. Terms not defined in
these rules, or in O.C.G.A.
seq., will have ascribed to them the ordinary
accepted meanings such as the context may imply.