The purpose of an Urban Redevelopment Plan (URP) is to provide the City with tools to address areas in need of improvement within the City. The URP is designed to help the city create public and private partnerships to encourage redevelopment and revitalization within defined areas of the City.
Established in 1939 as a bedroom community to the City of Savannah, Garden City has experienced a significant shift from residential and light commercial development to industrial development. The changing dynamic in development has led to disinvestment in some of the older neighborhoods within the City, encroachment of industrial land uses proximate to residential areas, declining pockets of commercial and retail businesses, and deterioration of structures. As a result, some areas of the City are experiencing higher vacancy rates, declining property values, and general property neglect. The City has developed the URP as a means to encourage compatible development and redevelopment of these blighted and/or underdeveloped areas of the City. Please contact the city staff if you have any questions regarding the URP.