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New commissioner takes oath of office
Proposed changes to temporary design regulations for the Altama Community Transformations District Corridor and U.S. 17 Gateway were presented to the Brunswick City Commission Wednesday at Old City Hall.

The plans were presented during a work session prior to the start of the regularly scheduled commission meeting and the swearing-in of City Commissioner Robert Nolan Jr., appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace suspended South Ward Commissioner James Brooks.

Some of the revisions excluded gas stations from setback and sign designs and specify that buffers should be in accordance with landscape requirements found in the U.S. 17 overlay.

The changes, to be discussed at the next City Commission meeting, were generated from meetings City Planner Arne Glaeser had with people who own property along U.S. 17 and the Golden Isles Realtors Association.

The meetings were recommended by commissioners, who wanted input from others.

The Altama corridor project, which roughly covers the area from Community Road to Parkwood, is a strategic redevelopment plan for residential and commercial properties in proximity of the newly expanded College of Coastal Georgia, Southeast Georgia Health System's facilities and the new Brunswick High School.

After taking the oath of office, Nolan told those present that he felt honored to sit at the commission table.

"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Brunswick," said Nolan. "I look forward to working with the commissioners and staff to make Brunswick a better place to live, work and play."

The commissioners unanimously approved the city's millage rate, which remains the same as last year at 12.719 mills.

The next meeting of the commission will be commissioners wmet Aug. 21 at Old City Hall, 1229 Newcastle St.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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