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Program Document

The 1997 Georgia Coastal Management Program's Final Environmental Impact Statement, also known as the the "Program Document" is documented in the chapters below.  Several years, numerous public meetings, input from public task forces, and a governor-appointed Coastal Zone Advisory Committee went in to the creation of the Program Document.

Chapter 1 Overview

Chapter 2  Georgia's Coast

Chapter 3  Goals and Objectives

Chapter 4  Boundary and Organization

Chapter 5  Policies and Management Authority

Chapter 6  Uses Subject to Management

Chapter 7  Special Management Areas

Chapter 8  Federal Consistency

Appendices 1-12

Since the drafting of the Program Document in 1997, there have been numerous changes in the Program specifically related to the enforceable policies that are the basis for Federal Consistency Review. The process for updating enforceable policies of a coastal management program is prescribed by NOAA and involves the notification of new or modified policies to federal agencies and other affected parties. Since 1997, three Requests for Routine Program changes have been proposed to or have been approved by NOAA and are now considered part of the GCMP's Program Document. View below for Routine Program Change requests and documentation.

RPC 2005: Incorporating HB 727 (Approved)

RPC 2008: Incorporating statutory and regulatory changes (Approved)

RPC 2012: Incorporating statutory, regulatory and organizational changes; changes under the Clean Water Act (Approved)

RPC 2016: Incorporating statutory and regulatory changes under the Erosion and Sedimentation Act (Approved)

RPC 2017: Incorporating statutory and regulatory changes under the Coastal Marshland Protection Act, Environmental Policy Act, Shore Protection Act, Water Well Standards Act, and the Shellfish Regulation of the Game and Fish Code (Pending)