Tree Board

The Tree Board consists of local volunteers to advise the city on tree-related issues and area beautification initiatives.   The Hahira Tree Board was formed by the Hahira Mayor and City Council in the early 1990s to regulate the planting and maintenance of trees in public places and improve the general welfare of the citizens by promoting informed management of the city's urban forest.

Hahira: Tree City, USA
The Tree Board is a key component of Hahira's status as a Tree City, USA.  This is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.  Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management.  These four core standards are: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community landscape ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

Benefits of a Tree City, USA Designation:
  • Reduces costs for energy, storm water managment, and erosion control.  Trees yield up to three times their cost in overall benefits to the city, averaging $273 per tree.
  • Cuts energy consumption by up to 25%.  Studies indicate that as few as three additional trees planted around each building in the United States could save our country $2,000,000,000, annually, in energy costs.
  • Boosts property values across the community.  Properly placed trees can increase property values from 7-21% and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer.
  • Builds stronger ties to the neighborhood and community.  Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to the neighborhood and neighbors.
  • Honors the community and demonstrates a commitment to a healtheir environment through Arbor Day celebrations. 

Greater Lowndes Planning Commission

The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) is a governmental agency setting the framework of the area’s physical and socio-economic planning. The commission is responsible for land use and environmental review, preparing plans and policies, and providing information to and advising the various municipalities and agencies on issues relating to the macro-scale development of the area. 

Purpose:
The mission of the GLPC is to look beyond short-term solutions in planning for the future of the Greater Lowndes community; to imporove the public health, safety, convenience and welfare; and to provide for the social, econoimc and physical development of communities on a sound and orderly basis, within a governmental framework and economic environment which fosters constructive growth and efficient administration.

Members:
The Planning Commission is a joint advisory board, comprised of ten citizens of various backgrounds, appointed by the elcted officials of each governing body within Lowndes County.  The City of Hahira has one appointee; the City of Valdosta has four; Lowndes County, three; and the cities of Lake Park and Dasher each have one.

Regular meetings (Public Hearings) of the GLPC are held the last Monday of each month at 5:30 PM in the South Health District Office Conference Room at 325 West Savannah Avenue.  Work Sessions are held the second to last Monday of each month at 5:30 PM at the same location.  These meetings are open to the publc.

More Information:
The City of Valdosta handles Planning and Zoning Services for the City of Hahira through intergovernmental agreement.  For more information, contact the City of Valdosta Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department at (229) 259-3563.