Sunday, August 20, 2017

Oconee County Issues Building Permits For Burger King West Of Butler’s Crossing And For Mama’s Boy At Falls Of Oconee

Reception Hall Request

The Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement Department has issued a building permit for Burger King, the first of two fast food restaurants to be built on Hog Mountain Road opposite the three-school complex at the corner of at Hog Mountain Road and Mars Hill Road in Butler’s Crossing.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in early November, according to the permit application.

The county also has issued a build-out permit for Mama’s Boy in the Falls of Oconee Complex on Old Macon Highway opposite the Athens Ridge student complex. Work on that build-out is expected to be completed by the middle of October.

The Planning Commission, at its regular meeting on Monday night, is to take up a request for a rezone of just less than five acres on the south side of High Shoals Road to bring an existing reception hall into compliance by converting the property to a commercial zoning classification.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse in Watkinsville.

Burger King

The Board of Commissioners, over opposition from Sheriff Scott Berry, last year rezoned 2 acres of land on the south side of Hog Mountain Road just east of Butler’s Crossing for two fast food restaurants.

Sign Promoting Mama's Boy

The Sheriff was joined by citizens in opposing the rezone because of the congestion in the area due to traffic generated by Oconee Primary School, Oconee Elementary School, and Oconee Middle School, across from the two proposed restaurants.

The permit issued by the county for the Burger King is to Premier Kings Inc. of Montgomery, Ala., and is for a 3,410-square-foot building.

Oconee County Utility Department documents indicate water and sewer capacity was purchased for a facility seating 62 persons.

Site development plans submitted to the county show a drive-through operation.

The restaurant will be on the eastern-part of the lots approved for the two restaurants.

The permit, signed by county Building Inspector Russ Henson, is undated, but the permit application was dated Aug. 15.

Mama’s Boy

The Mama’s Boy permit is for build-out of 4,100 square feet in Building 400 at the rear of the Falls of Oconee retail complex.

The building overlooks McNutt Creek and the falls created by the dam of for an old mill pond.

The Utility Department records indicates the restaurant will have 120 seats.

The building, prior to build out, had differing levels with a large glass window in the rear looking out onto the creek and falls.

The permit, dated Aug. 2, was to Kelly Mahoney, 8771 Macon Highway, registered agent for Falls Oconee LLC, owner of the shopping and retail complex.

The tenant was listed as Mama’s Boy of Athens. An existing Mama’s Boy restaurant is on Oak Street in Athens.

The Board of Commissions on Aug. 1 approved a beer and wine license for a convenience store planned for one of the other buildings in Falls of Oconee.

Rice Rezone

The Laura H. Rice Trust is asking the Planning Commission to recommend to the Board of Commissioners that 4.7 acres at 5414 High Shoals Road between Bishop and North High Shoals be rezoned for business use to allow for continued use of a barn for receptions.

Reception Hall Photo From Zoning Application

The acreage is part of a larger 305.6-acre tract that was planned and developed as a private, equestrian estate, according to the rezone narrative. Although a few horses remain on the property, the stables are no longer being used for equestrian purposes, the narrative states.

One of the stables is used for wedding receptions and other similar events, and the rezone application would convert the acreage around the stable to business use while leaving the other acreage zoned for agricultural use.

Oconee County has rezoned other properties with similar uses for business in recent years. The Cotton Gin on SR 15 south of Watkinsville was rezoned in early 2016 to allow the business operation in what had formerly been agricultural facilities.

The planning staff has recommended approval of the request by the Rice Trust.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Candidates For Local And Federal Offices Step Forward At Oconee County Democratic Party Meeting

Watkinsville And Congress

Jennifer Gude told Oconee County Democrats gathered in the Watkinsville Library on Tuesday night that she has decided to run for a seat on the Watkinsville Council to make a good city even better.

Richard Dien Winfield of Athens followed Gude to the front of the room, stating that he plans to announce in January that he is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from the 10th Congressional District to put forward what he called a “new social bill of rights.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Watkinsville Swears In New Mayor To Replace Charles Ivie, Who Stepped Down On Monday For Health Reasons

Massey Takes Oath

Watkinsville got a new mayor tonight (Wednesday) as Connie Massey took the oath of office at the beginning of the City Council meeting.

Massey replaced Charles Ivie, who resigned as mayor on Monday morning because of health problems. Ivie had previously announced that he would not run for re-election.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Daniells Bridge Road Flyover Removed From Transportation Planning Documents For Oconee County, But It Could Reappear In The Future

Kittles Make Plea

The Policy Committee of the Madison Athens Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study (MACORTS) last week removed the proposed flyover connecting Daniells Bridge Road with the Oconee Connector from its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.

The Policy Committee also added five projects to its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan to accommodate the Construction Work Program of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Oconee County Citizen Committee Raises Concerns About Traffic At Oconee Veterans Park With Addition Of New Fields

Multi-Use Fields Planned

Members of the Oconee County Citizens Advisory Committee on Recreational Affairs were pleased last month with the county’s decision to begin construction of three multi-use fields at Oconee Veterans Park but expressed concern about the impact of the project on traffic at the park.

Lisa Davol, newly appointed director of the Parks and Recreation Department, updated the group on county plans for the fields, originally designated for adult softball but now being redesigned for multiple sports.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Oconee County Commissioners Approve Rezone In Preparation For Sale Of Barber Creek Fire Station Acreage

Warning On Alcohol Licenses

Oconee County commissioners last (Tuesday) night rezoned nearly two acres on the Oconee Connector and Daniells Bridge Road where the Barber Creek fire station sits in preparation for selling it for business development.

Although the property was donated to the county prior to 1997, the county owns the land outright and is preparing to sell it to the best bidder. The owners of the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, seem likely to be interested.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oconee County Commissioners To Approve Sewer Contract And Consider Alcohol License For Convenience Store At Athens Ridge

Rezone On Agenda

Oconee County commissioners are set to give final approval tomorrow (Tuesday) night to a $1.9 million contract to upgrade the sewer line running from Epps Bridge Parkway at McNutt Creek and down Daniells Bridge Road and Government Station Road.

The upgraded sewer line will allow the county to divert sewage now being pumped to the sewage treatment facility on Rocky Branch Road to the Calls Creek plant currently under expansion outside Watkinsville.