Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Update


As many of you know, at the County’s request, the April 4th Hardship Variance hearing has been postponed in order to allow all parties time to explore every option.
Please know that we (The Southern Environmental Law Center, The National Parks Conservation Association representative, and the St. Marys EarthKeeper) are working tirelessly - leaving absolutely no stone unturned in our efforts to protect and preserve the Island.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cumberland Island Update




Please know that we (The Southern Environmental Law Center, The National Parks Conservation Association, and the St. Marys EarthKeepers) are in the process of exploring every possible option. 

1,000 acres of Cumberland inholdings (fee-simple land, the yellow portions of the map below) are at stake: enough to change the essential character of the Island for all time. There is a very real possibility that if the County does not repeal the hardship variance - granted despite the applicant’s (Lumar, LLC) failure to meet any of the five requirements – dozens of houses may be built on those 1,000 acres (most of which are on the mid-to-south portion of the Island.) We are already hearing of other property-owners who wish to follow Lumar’s lead. 

At the Planning Commissioner meeting, Sam Candler (a member of Lumar) stated, “I have every intention to keep it a holy and majestic place and my other family members do, too.” I fail to see how turning the Island into yet another high-end gated community will keep it “holy.” 

The Public Hearing was postponed until April 4th in order to allow us more time to investigate any and all avenues. I’m grateful for your patience: I know that so many of you want to actively defend Cumberland Island and “do something to help.” You can:

* If you haven’t already submitted comments to the County Clerk (to be sent to the Commissioners) please do: kberry@co.camden.ga.us

* Write a “letter to the editor” of your local paper.
* Sign one or both of the petitions: https://www.change.org/p/citizens-opposed-to-the-10-lot-dev… AND https://www.addup.org/…/prevent-development-of-cumberland-i…

* Share this information.

Map:
Dark green – Federal land
Light Green – The Nature Conservancy
Yellow – Private Inholdings
Yellow Outlined in Red – Lumar LLC
Orange Outline – Wilderness Boundary
Blue Outline – Cumberland Island National Seashore Boundary




Friday, February 3, 2017

Cumberland Appeal Postponed



CUMBERLAND ISLAND HEARING POSTPONED

On behalf of the Board of the St. Marys EarthKeepers, I’d like to thank everyone for their numerous questions and expressions of concern about the Cumberland Island variance issue. There are many “moving parts” to this: Lumar LLC/landowners, the National Park Service, the St. Marys EarthKeepers, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Southern Environmental Law Center, St. Marys' tourism economy, state and national environmental organizations, the Camden County Commissioners, the public, and considerations regarding precedents and mandates.
All of those parts have been working together toward a resolution that will serve to protect and preserve Cumberland Island now and for years to come. To that end, we have mutually agreed to postpone the Public Hearing until April 4. 

We will be notifying all interested parties of the change and urge you to pass the word along. The public response has been immensely gratifying and we hope that the momentum will continue to build.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/109907062856824/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1485791225990611

Alex Kearns

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cumberland Appeal



NOTICE REGARDING THE CUMBERLAND ISLAND APPEAL
Camden County Planning & Development 

The Camden County Board of Commissioners will have a PUBLIC HEARING

DATE: February 7, 2017
TIME: 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Government Services Building located at 200 East 4th Street, Second Floor, Commissioners’ Chambers, Woodbine, GA 31569.


PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA ITEMS:
1) ZV2017-01 Appeal by William R. Bruce (and other signing individuals), of the December 7, 2016 Planning Commission decision to approve Hardship Variance request ZV2016 – 8, to allow up to a 10 lot split minor subdivision, having unpaved road frontage, since there are no paved streets on Cumberland Island. The property is 87.51 acres. Tax Parcel 181 006, Zoned C-P (Conservation Preservation). LUMAR LLC, owner. 

2) ZV2017-02 Appeal by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association and the St. Marys EarthKeepers, of the December 7, 2016 Planning Commission decision to approve Hardship Variance request ZV2016 – 8, to allow up to a 10 lot split minor subdivision, having unpaved road frontage, since there are no paved streets on Cumberland Island. The property is 87.51 acres. Tax Parcel 181 006, Zoned C-P (Conservation Preservation). LUMAR LLC, owner.

COMMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO kberry@co.camden.ga.us