Greenways System Master Plan: Background
The purpose of the
Bulloch Greenways System Master Plan is to guide the selection, designation,
and development of recreational greenways (bikeways, trails, and other
non-motorized linear recreation corridors) in Bulloch County. The lead
agency for this project is the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation
Department (SBCPRD). They partnered with Georgia Southern University
and a Steering Committee to create the plan.
The maps described
below were the basis for the identification of potential greenway corridors,
the analysis of corridor suitability/feasibility, and the prioritization
of corridors for greenway development. Maps were generated by staff
of the SAGIS (spatial analysis and geographic information systems) Lab
at Georgia Southern University. Unless otherwise stated, the coverage
area for the maps was Bulloch County.
Natural Features, which includes drainages/riparian corridors and wetlands; and topographic lines.
Community and Recreation Resources, which includes parks, schools and other community areas or buildings; state and national bike routes; existing and proposed trails/paths; and significant Bulloch county features (city/town boundaries, particularly).
Roads, Utility Corridors, ROWs, which includes existing and abandoned rail lines, roads/highways (including volumes for major corridors), and utility lines.Socio-demographics, which includes population density and income levels.
Statewide Trails/Greenways and State Parks, for a regional perspective.
This component involved the development of a grassroots advocacy group--the Greenways Steering Committee--that had significant input into greenway inventory, designation, and development. The role of the Steering Committee was to adopt a mission statement and goals and objectives to guide the Greenways Planning process; to assist in the identification of potential greenway corridors in the County; and to work toward the implementation of the plan once it is adopted. Additionally, Steering Committee members were liaisons to individuals within their respective organizations or communities.
The Steering Committee was involved for the duration of the project beginning in March, 2002. The general public was provided ample opportunity to participate in the planning process through public meetings and Steering Committee member contact.
Greenways System Master Plan: