Each Task Force shall provide expert review, input and guidance on Master Plan recommendations developed by the Steering Committee. The Task Forces are not decision-making bodies, but rather, they serve as reviewers, providing expertise to ensure that each element of the Master Plan appropriately addresses the necessary issues and opportunities. Task Forces can make recommendations to the Steering Committee, but the Steering Committee is not bound by those recommendations, as the final say for each element of the Master Plan will come from the JIA Board.
Task Forces will be expected to build consensus around recommendations or guidance provided to the Steering Committee; however, if dissension exists, an opinion of the minority can be submitted for consideration by the Steering Committee. Task Forces will not have a chair or vice-chair, but instead will be run by a professional facilitator to ensure that each Task Force member is in equal standing on the committee.
The following Task Forces will be created:
Will examine best land planning practices and models and develop recommendations for what works best for Jekyll Island. Members should demonstrate experience in land planning, urban planning, development, landscape architecture, etc.
Transportation and Infrastructure
Will examine current Island infrastructure —- roads, trails, water/wastewater system, dune crossovers, and buildings among other issues. Members should demonstrate experience in engineering, facilities management or planning, construction or general contracting, etc.
Will build upon the work of the conservation plan and use it as a tool to examine priorities for wildlife management, habitat management, sustainable practices and the interaction between developed and undeveloped areas of Jekyll Island. Members should have experience in natural resource management, sustainability practices, or planning/development within sensitive environmental locations.
Historic and Cultural Resources
Will build upon the Historic District plan and use it as a tool to examine priorities for managing historic and cultural resources around the island including designated historic sites, archaeological sites and National Historic Register eligible properties. Members should have experience in historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management or facilities management.
Sustainability (including capacity and economic issues)
Will examine best planning practices and determine the applicability of understanding the general capacities for the island. This task force will also address issues of economic sustainability. Members should demonstrate experience in land planning, urban planning, development, landscape architecture, recreational planning, or sustainable practices, etc.
Will examine current recreational opportunities on the island and other similar locations and make recommendations for additional activities or cross-over uses for current facilities and natural areas, and opportunities for additional recreational infrastructure. Members should have experience in recreation management, recreation planning, or recreation facilities development.