Learn About Speak Up Savannah

City Founder James Oglethorpe

Welcome to Speak Up Savannah, a new social media space constructed to make it easy for Savannah residents to get involved, participate in community decisions and provide ideas and feedback on a variety of topics affecting our community.

Through this new platform, we will listen to your feedback, provide timely project updates, and report back to the community about how your feedback has contributed to decisions that are being made.

A quick platform sign up will let you provide comments and suggestions and keep you in the loop about future updates about the projects you’re personally interested in. We will be adding more projects as we move forward so be sure to visit regularly!

We look forward to your participation! Please read our moderation policy before posting here

Welcome to Speak Up Savannah, a new social media space constructed to make it easy for Savannah residents to get involved, participate in community decisions and provide ideas and feedback on a variety of topics affecting our community.

Through this new platform, we will listen to your feedback, provide timely project updates, and report back to the community about how your feedback has contributed to decisions that are being made.

A quick platform sign up will let you provide comments and suggestions and keep you in the loop about future updates about the projects you’re personally interested in. We will be adding more projects as we move forward so be sure to visit regularly!

We look forward to your participation! Please read our moderation policy before posting here

Questions or suggestions about Speak Up Savannah? Send them here!

Q&A

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  • Hi I have spoken with Mike Weiner Savannah traffic engineer regarding the East side of the intersection at Bull and Victory (across Victory is the Savannah Tree Department) Mark was kind enough to call me back to let me know this is a state owned road and changes ,upgrades to improve pedestrian safety would have to come from the state. I am hopeful that the city will reach out to the state as this is a very difficult (unsafe) crosswalk. There is no guide light or post with crosswalk button on this side. In addition the paint on the crosswalks is very faded and the area lacks pedestrian logo signs. With the planned expansion of SCAD dorms on the West side of Victory, Victory Village, I think it is imperative that the city reach out to the state to upgrade this crossing. Thanks

    Bebetter asked 5 months ago

    Hi bebetter, thanks for your patience. We apologize for taking so long to respond. Coordinating with the GDOT can be a slow process as we are sure you are aware. 

    Georgia DOT has said they are working with the state railroad safety team to develop pedestrian safety for this intersection. It is still in the planninh stages but it is on the GDOT safety improvement project list. There is no plan or estimated delivery date at this time. 

    We encourage you to PLEASE reach out to your state representatives and ask them to advocate for this issue! 

     

  • Hello. I am curious as to whether the city has been spraying for mosquitos this year? I haven’t seen or heard any helicopters around and it seems like there’s a bumper crop of them this year. Curious as to why there is no spraying if in fact there is none so far this season. Thanks.

    rke6327953 asked 5 months ago

    Hi RKE, Mosquito Control is a county program, the City isn't involved in the service.  

  • Hello, Nick. Can we talk about taxes? My concerns as a Historic district homeowner rest with a few areas of this issue. Tax rates, development plans, and exempt property. My feeling is that downtown property taxes in the Historic district are already quite ownerous and it concerns me when I see more and more expansion of the footprint of exempt properties in this city, specifically SCAD. Admittedly I may not be fully informed however it concerns me every time I hear of SCAD acquiring another redevelopment property and it’s potential impact on the tax burden for the rest of us. Could you provide some specifics of whether or not SCAD and other exempt organizations even pay user fees for municipal services such as police, fire, ems, trash hauling and storm water drainage, because I assume as exempt organizations, they pay no property or school taxes? I am not anti exempt organization however I feel as citizens of this community exempt organizations should also contribute to the community burden for public services. Perhaps they do but I’d appreciate some facts and explanation of the true tax picture locally, because it is becoming increasingly difficult to live downtown due to the tax burden. Thanks in advance.

    rke6327953 asked 5 months ago

    Hi RKE, exempt organizations still pay into enterprise funds where services are measurable and dollar amounts can be charged such as water, sewer and sanitation. Services such as public safety and storm water are general fund expenditures which are funded from our tax revenues. Please take a look at our budget and annual financial report for more in-depth information and numbers. 

    Our outgoing City Manager proposed a fire fee as a way distribute the tax burden more evenly and lower property taxes for residents. Ultimately, the City Council decided against implementation. 

  • Hi Nick. In the forum comments section on the NewZo page, I posted a comment that included several paragraphs. But when it was posted all the paragraphs ran togehter into one long unreadable text. Please incorporate standard formatting tools such as the capability to have real paragraphs, lists, boldface, etc. I doubt anyone will read my comment due to lack of formatting tools. This is rather basic. It truly doesn't take serious user testing to know that text formatting functionality is necessary.

    Groucho asked 5 months ago

    Hi Groucho, we've submitted this request to our vendor as an addition for their next update. Thanks for the suggestion! 

  • A few years ago the city installed 9 disc golf baskets. One neighbor complained because no one in the city informed the neighborhood. Alderman Hall had them removed two days later. They have reinstalled 3 baskets as a trial. Several years have passed since the “trial time”. When is the city going to install the other 6 baskets. COME ON! THE MONEY FOR THE BASKETS HAS BEEN SPENT! Best regards, Pail Neugebauer

    PNeug asked 5 months ago

    Hi Paul, 

    A Disc Golf course typically is built with one acre of land per hole. Forest Hills Park is 7.2 acres which takes up the entire park for a nine hole course. Knowing this, staff recommended continuing the current option with the Disc Golf Club setting up the temporary baskets during each visit and to install a three to four permanent hole course due to park acreage. This decision was made to be fair to those who use the park for activities other than disc golf. 

  • My suggestion is to not tear down the civic center but use it to house the homeless.

    holyservant asked 5 months ago

    Hi Holy Servant, we've got some great organizations collaborating on homeless solutions right now and the City is working on some contributions that should be debuting at the end of this year. 

    The Civic Center simply isn't a facility equipped to provide the services you are suggesting. The Urban Land Institute has made it very clear that we have a tremendous opportunity to restore greater east- west connectivity in west downtown as well as rebuild a lost piece of the Oglethorpe plan with the demolition of the civic center. 


  • Let's work to get garbage cans off the sidewalks and streets of the Landmark Historic District. Legally, they are only allowed to be out once a week on the day of collection. Also for downtown, I want to see a lighting master plan. Property owners should not put just any fixture they choose in front of their property.

    Ardis Wood asked 5 months ago

    Hi Ardis, our Code Compliance Office tickets trash can that are left out, you just need to report them by calling (912) 651-6770. 

    As for a lighting master plan, we think this a very neat idea! Would you mind running it by our friends at the Chatham County - Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission. They have a historic review board who is the authority on these sort of issues. 

  • First, this is a great idea! Are there more hotel plans for the Downtown Landmark District? We'd like to see a temporary hold while things even out and there is an evaluation as to whether a saturation point has been reached.

    JasmineQuarters asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jasmine, in 2017 your City Council passed a Hotel Overlay District Zoning ordinance to protect the historic integrity of your City. Check out the map here.  The hotel overlay district was developed over a period of about 14 months by representatives from the hotel industry, the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Historic Savannah Foundation and the city to prevent development from negatively impacting residents and the Historic District. 

  • Thank you Nick for this new site. I'm sure it will become a busy one with the many questions, concerns and ideas the residents will be sharing. I will be sharing it on my site for many to see and hopefully join in. We have not met yet, I'm very active in the community and chances are we'll meet soon. Thanks for this new initiative. It is a positive move!

    Andrée Patterson asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the support Andree! We want this site to be an open place where our community can discuss and learn about the projects and initiatives happening in the City. Dive in to the Arena and Downtowner pages and leave some feedback for us!