Glynn County Commissioners voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Brunswick Thursday to establish a land bank over the county and the city.
A land bank has been under discussion for years. Brunswick began gathering information on the feasibility of starting a land bank back in 2014, but the city and county have been considering the idea since at least 2005.
The finer details of the approved agreement have been bounced back and forth between the county and the Brunswick City Commission since early last year, with the city considering moving forward it alone at one point. County commissioners decided they were content with the agreement at their Thursday meeting however, and approved it unanimously.
The purpose of the land bank is to take control of dilapidated and blighted properties either through purchase or foreclosure, among other methods. Once properties are under the bank’s ownership, they will be resold at low rates to assist revitalization efforts. Revenue from the transactions will also be put towards revitalization projects.
It will exist as a separate entity from the two governing bodies and will be called the Glynn-Brunswick Land Bank. A board of seven members, composed of two city commissioners, two county commissioners, two private citizens, one appointed by each body, and one appointment by the Glynn County Board of Education will be in charge of the land bank. An executive director will handle the day-to-day operations and can be a city or county employee.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax citizen oversight committee was also appointed. The committee will be composed of nine members, two appointed by the city and seven appointed by the county. It will be tasked with exercising oversight over the spending of SPLOST revenue to make sure it is being spent efficiently and effectively.
Commissioner Allen Booker appointed Kamau Dickerson, Mark Stambaugh appointed Robert Franklin, Richard Strickland appointed Ron Maulden, Peter Murphy appointed Philip Graitcer, Bob Coleman appointed Jeff Kilgore, Bill Brunson appointed Ronnie Perry and Mike Browning appointed Robert Terjesen to serve on the board.
In other business, the commission approved four alcohol licenses and three zoning requests. A motion to consider revoking a building permit issued to Lucas Properties Holdings was denied 5-2, as was a motion to ask the Islands Planning Commission to reconsider their Dec. 20, 2016, approval of the Pilar Hotel site plan. The commission also committed to setting aside $1.5 million in matching funds for a grant that will allow a redesign of the interior of the Brunswick-Glynn County Library to be completed.
The next meeting of the Glynn County Commission will be held at 6 p.m. March 2 in the Old Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick. A county commission work session will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Harold Pate Courthouse Annex, 1725 Reynolds St., also in Brunswick.