Hart County is fortunate to be eligible to participate
in the GA Greenspace program so early in the growth cycle of the
County to circumvent the negative effects of this phenomenal growth.
Through this program, Hart County has an opportunity to plan for
the impacts of the intense growth that has occurred before such
impacts create irreversible damage to the quality of life of its
The City of Hartwell has elected to participate
in this program. As per the goals of this program, Hart County is
seeking protection of 30,154 acres over a 30-year period. Only 0.6%
of the County (1000 acres) is currently eligible protected greenspace.
The primary types of lands that the County may seek
protection for are Water Quality Lands (50%), Passive Recreation
Lands (10%) and Agricultural Lands (28%). To preserve lands, the
County will utilize easements, acquire land in fee simple, agreements
with other agencies, and pursue donated conservation easements.
Because this is the first greenspace program initiated
by Hart County, the barriers to reaching the goals of this program
have not yet been encountered. Potential barriers however include
inadequate funds, inadequate support, inadequate staff resources,
lack of understanding of the need for greenspace, and fear of Infringement
of property rights.
These barriers may be overcome through education
and first hand experiences of the negative effects on the quality
of life that results from the loss of greenspace. In addition, voluntary
actions of the Citizens will be relied upon to further this community