New Members Of Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission


On behalf of the Planning Commission Thomas L. Thomson, P.E., AICP, Executive Director of the Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission welcomes the following new Planning Commission Members:

Joseph Ervin was appointed to the MPC Board by the City of Savannah Mayor and Aldermen. Ervin was the founder of Select Mortgage Group, Inc. and served as its President and CEO, leading the company to licensure in several states. After founding Select Mortgage Group, Inc., Ervin formed Body, Back & Sport and currently serves as its President and CEO.

Travis Coles was appointed to the MPC Board by the City of Savannah Mayor and Aldermen. Although a native of Australia, Coles has called the Savannah area home for over 20 years. After graduating from Richmond Hill High School, Travis attended Armstrong State University before moving into business management with FPE Inc., where he has been since 2004. He looks forward to being an effective addition to the Planning Commission.

Ervin and Coles fill the seats held by Adam Ragsdale and Jay Blackburn, Jr. whose terms have expired. Ragsdale served for nine years and held the positions of Secretary, Vice- Chair and Chair. Blackburn served for three years and held the Secretary position. The Planning Commission members extend its thanks to them for their service.

The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission Board consists of 14 members. Six members are appointed by County Commission, six members are appointed by the Mayor and Aldermen; the City Manager and the County Manager serve as ex officio members of the Board. Appointed members serve three-year over-lapping terms.

The MPC Board meets every third Tuesday, to conduct regular business. The MPC Board hears zoning related petitions such as map amendments, text amendments, and rezoning petitions. The MPC Board makes recommendations on these petitions to the appropriate governing body. In addition, the City and County zoning regulations require MPC site plan review for many types of development projects. These reviews are coordinated with other City and County departments. The MPC Board and/or staff have responsibility to review all subdivisions of land within the City of Savannah and unincorporated Chatham County.

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