Thursday, October 3, 2013
The public will get a chance next week to express what should or should not happen to Goat Island — the roughly 30-acre island in the Sampit River between Front Street and East Bay Park.
SGA Architecture, the design firm selected to develop the plan for the island, will hold a public hearing Tuesday.
The meeting will “allow the local community to present ideas to be considered for the master plan,” the notice states. “Presenters may wish to bring photographs or sketches to illustrate proposed concepts, but anything left with the reviewers will not be returned.”
SGA's task is to provide a land-use plan to property owner Jerry Blackmon who has said he may donate 20 of the 30 acres if he likes what will be done with the island.
The 20 acres or so to be donated is estimated to be worth about $900,000, and such a plan should be a positive for the city and the land owner, who has asked for assurances the municipality will not seek commercial development of the acreage, such as condos, which he seems not interested in having on Goat Island.
The property does not have water, sewer or electricity, so such development would be costly.
Soils maps show five acres are wetlands and five acres could have walking trails, nature watch platforms and picnic areas.
It could be a good buffer to minimize the visual effects of commercial operations located to the south.
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Georgetown City Hall.