Greenways System Master Plan: Background

Introduction

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.

There are two major components of the planning process: a mapping component and a stakeholder involvement component. The planning process was conducted in 2002-2003 and resulted in the development of the Bulloch Greenways System Master Plan.


Mapping Component

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.

The map layers were:

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.


Stakeholder Involvement Component

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:
Text and Maps


Cover Page
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Executive Summary

The purpose of the Greenways Plan is to guide the designation and development of recreational greenways in Bulloch County. Greenways planning in Bulloch County is being coordinated by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department (SBPR). They partnered with a citizen's greenway council and Georgia Southern University to develop the Plan. More>>

Plan Sections/Chapters

The purpose of this plan is to guide the designation and development of recreational greenways in Bulloch County. Greenways planning in Bulloch County is coordinated by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department (SBPR). They have partnered with a citizen greenway council and Georgia Southern University to develop this plan. More>> (Note: This download may take several minutes depending on your Internet connection.)


Maps

Greenways System Master Plan:
Updates


December 2006

Phase 1 of the S & S Greenway is now in the design stage!
Check back soon for updates and information.