Critical Information regarding Operations & Board Meetings

The MPC is committed to following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to health protection and is therefore enacting measures to ensure our employees and the public are safe, secure, and healthy, while continuing to be open for business and provide services.

In an effort to adhere to CDC recommendations, we are requesting the following: 1) applications and other related documents be transmitted to our staff electronically, 2) any related payments be submitted via our website (www.thempc.org) or by mail; and 3) applicants and members of the public call our office 24 hours in advance to schedule appointments with our staff members. Thank you in advance for your consideration and adherence to these guidelines as we work together to maintain the health of our community.


The Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission is taking the following steps in an effort to aid in protecting public safety in response to the Coronavirus Disease.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN MPC BOARD MEETINGS

As part of the MPC’s adherence to the CDC’s guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Boards are holding virtual meetings via GO-TO- WEBINAR or hybrid meetings. The public may access all Board meetings by registering via the MPC’s website (https://www.thempc.org ) on the home page under the News tab. Virtual attendance by the public is strongly encouraged, as the MPC’s Mendonsa Hearing Room capacity is limited to 40 persons in accordance with the City of Savannah’s social distancing rules and CDC guidelines.

In order to participate in a meeting virtually, you must have access to a communications media device (such as a tablet, telephone or a computer equipped with a microphone) that will enable you to be heard by the Board and members of the public.

While virtual participation is encouraged, in-person participation is also available. In-person attendance priority will be given to applicants or their representatives first, and then will allow for members of the public. To ensure compliance with CDC and City guidelines, only those persons who have pre-registered will be admitted to the Board room.

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE

Members of the public desiring to attend a scheduled Board meeting in person shall adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please call (912) 651-1440 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to let staff know you plan to attend the meeting in person.
  • All hybrid meetings are held at 112 East State Street. Please use the public entrance.
  • All persons entering the MPC facility shall have their temperature taken. Anyone with a fever greater than or equal to 100.1 shall be denied entry into the building.
  • All persons entering the MPC’s facility shall wear a mask. Masks and cleaning wipes are available upon request.
  • Those persons wishing to testify must wear a mask while on the MPC’s premises except when delivering public testimony at the podium.
  • PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Members of the public wishing to address the Board during the public comments can submit written comments, call in, or speak in person. Those wishing to address the Board by telephone or virtually will need to pre-register for the meeting as set forth above or by calling the MPC office at (912) 651-1440, and providing their name, address, telephone number they will be using and email address. Once registered, a link with additional instructions will be emailed.

    Each speaker will be allowed three minutes to provide comments, and then they may be muted at the direction of the Chairman, to move to the next speaker in the queue. The Chairman may elect to provide the speaker additional time to speak.

    All written comments must be submitted by 9 a.m. the day prior to the scheduled Board meeting by emailing the respective Department Director or Admin@thempc.org. Alternatively, an appointment can be made by calling (912) 651-1440 24 hours in advance to deliver the written comments to the MPC’s office at 110 East State Street, Savannah, GA.

    DIGITAL APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS

    Applications will only be accepted digitally in PDF format using the instructions below. If your email is larger than 15MB, please send an email to the appropriate Department contact to secure alternative submission arrangements.

    For Planning Commission and City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals submit applications, plans and questions to planning@thempc.org.

    For the Historic District Board of Review, Historic Preservation Commission, and Historic Site and Monument Commission, submit applications, plans and questions to historic@thempc.org.

    For persons unable to submit an application electronically, please contact the appropriate Department for further instructions.

    Thank you for your patience during this emergency situation.


    MPC Statement Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The MPC is committed to following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to health protection. We ask that all residents, visitors, staff and volunteer Board members follow the CDC recommendations below:

  • Follow the CDC’s recommendation regarding Social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Adopt alternative greetings that do not require touch such as waving while smiling rather than shaking hands (social distancing).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use a hand sanitizer, if available.
  • Have an adequate supply of prescription, medications and nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand such as pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins. Have a thermometer, tissues, soap, and hand sanitizer.
  • Have extra non-perishable food items at home.

  • For additional information, please see the CDC website.

    We are encouraging everyone to remain diligent in following the guidance listed above. Additionally, we have asked that any person who believes they may have had contact with someone with the virus take the appropriate isolation/quarantine measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

    In an effort to aid in preventing the spread of germs, the MPC will continue to maintain its standards of cleanliness and follow CDC protocols and directions using disinfecting cleaning agents to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch common area surfaces including but not limited to: tabletops, hard-back chairs, doorknobs, light switches, handles, toilets, sinks, desktops, counters, telephones, and remote controls.

    The MPC will remain open for business unless and until mandated to do otherwise by local, state, or federal authorities. We will continue to monitor Federal, State and Local agency recommendations, and will keep you informed of additional updates as they arise.

    Sincerely,
    Melanie Wilson, Executive Director
    Ellis Cook, Chairman


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