Definitions of “developed” and “undeveloped”

Undisturbed forest (canopy and understory intact)
Wooded areas with canopy intact; understory disturbed, little or no active sue
Dirt roads not in routine vehicular use
Unpaved bike trails and pathways
Disturbed areas to be re-vegetated or allowed to revert to natural state
Tidally-influenced marsh above elevation 4.3 feet (mean high water)
Non-tidal inland ponds, lakes and marsh above elevation 4.3 feet
Dunes and beach above elevation 4.3 feet, including crossovers

Any subdivided or platted parcel (even if not built upon)
The Historic District, except for marsh edge vegetation
Any of the following, on un-subdivided land:
  • Built facilities or structures
  • Paved roads, including cleared rights-of-way
  • Paved bike trails
  • Cleared golf course areas (fairways, greens, tees, playable rough)
  • Historic sites, if maintained
  • Cleared areas in active use (picnic grounds, overflow parking)
  • Campgrounds with utilities
  • Lakes or ponds used for active recreation

“Disturbed” areas considered to be “undeveloped”

The Master Plan states that, “classification of approximately 6% of the land area of Jekyll Island was found by the JIA staff to be questionable and subject to interpretation.”  The JIA then went on to decide which of the disturbed areas should be defined as “developed” and which as “undeveloped.” The complete list of disturbed areas and how they were reclassified can be found on page 7 of the 1996 Master Plan. Among the disturbed areas listed there as “undeveloped” are:
  • Landfill (14.71 acres)
  • Golf course lakes and ponds, whether man-made or not (65.36 acres)
  • Old marina excavation edge (14.52 acres)
  • Old dairy site (4.80 acres)
  • Residential vistas (4.70 acres)