Thursday, December 08, 2016

Developer Of Bogart Subdivision Appealing Oconee County Denial Of Sewer Capacity

Seeking Transfer

The developer of a 28-acre residential subdivision in Bogart is appealing a decision by Oconee County Utility Department Director Wayne Haynie to deny it sewage treatment capacity for its project.

T. Wesley Robinson, a Gainesville attorney, on Tuesday sent a letter to Haynie, copied to County Attorney Daniell Haygood, appealing Haynie’s denial of residential sewer and asking that the issue be put on the agenda for consideration by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners in January.

Robinson told Haynie that Lovett-Keller Ventures LLC, the developer of the subdivision in Bogart, has purchased sewer capacity already sold by the county to another party so will not need new capacity for the project.

The City Council of Bogart on Monday evening approved the rezone request by Lovett-Keller Ventures for the subdivision after holding a public hearing at City Hall.

Lovett And Keller

Stephen Lovett and Chad Keller appeared before the Bogart Council Monday to answer questions about their request to downzone the 28 acres between Atlanta Highway and E. Thompson Street on the east side of Bogart, near the Oconee County line.

David Camp, 11/14/2016

The acreage previously had been zoned for a commercial subdivision.

Lovett told the Council that the issue of sewer capacity had not been resolved and that he was waiting for a transfer of previously sold capacity to be approved by the county.

Lovett said he believed that the county would approve the transfer once sewage flow now being pumped to the Land Application Site on Rocky Branch Road was transferred to the Calls Creek wastewater treatment plant on the north side of Watkinsville.

Lovett did not identify the seller of the sewer capacity.

Nov. 3 Letter

I obtained the Dec. 6 letter from Robinson to Haynie today through an open records request as well as a Nov. 3 letter from Robinson to Haynie.

In that Nov. 3 letter, Robinson said Lovett-Keller was obtaining the sewer capacity from property owned by REO Funding Solutions III LLC.

According to county tax records, REO Funding Solultions III owns Westland, the dormant 443-acre master plan development on the south side of U.S. 78 between Hog Mountain Road and the Apalachee River.

The Board of Commissioners rezoned the property in 2003 for 430 residential lots as well acreage for commercial development and a condominium office park.

The county agreed to provide water and sewer service.

Sewer Capacity Tranfer

Attorney Robinson provided Haynie with an agreement that Lovett-Keller Ventures has reached with REO Funding Solutions III to transfer 7,280 gallons per day of sewer capacity for the Bogart subdivision project.

The county is being asked to agree to purchase that capacity back from REO Funding Solutions for $87,360.

According to the agreement submitted by Lovett-Keller, the county would then agree to sell that capacity to Lovett-Keller for $69,160.

Haynie had denied sewer capacity to Lovett-Keller on the grounds that the county did not have residential sewer capacity to sell.

35 Homes

According to the document, the 7,280 gallons per day of transferred capacity would be sufficient for 35 single family homes.

Lovett, of Gainesville, told the Bogart City Council on Monday night that the project would “be profitable at 20 lots” without sewer but that he and Keller want to have sewer so as to be able to increase the number of lots in the subdivision.

David Camp, who represents Bogart on the Oconee County Planning Commission, was among a handful of citizens who attended the public hearing on Monday night.

The Planning Commission voted in favor of the rezone at its meeting on Nov. 14.

Camp spoke in favor of the rezone at the Council meeting Monday.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Oconee County Commissioners Postpone Decision On Solar Farm In West Of County Until January

New Plans Submitted

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night decided to delay until January a decision on a rezone request for a solar energy farm at McNutt Creek Road and Dials Mill Road in the far northwest of the county.

The Board postponed action after holding a public hearing on the request during which six citizens spoke in opposition to the project.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Horton Defeats Wiedower In Runoff For Open Oconee County Board Of Commissioner Seat

Got 57 Percent Of Vote

Former Commissioner Chuck Horton defeated Marcus Wiedower by a 520-vote margin tonight (Tuesday) in the special election runoff for the open Post 2 seat on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners.

Horton carried seven of the county’s 13 precincts, including the two largest, to get 56.8 percent of the vote overall.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Revived Plans For Massive Residential And Commercial Complex Called Parkside Before Oconee County Review Committee

41 Lot Parcel

Parkside, the dormant residential and commercial development that extends from Hog Mountain Road to Mars Hill Road, has come back to life.

The Oconee County Development Review Committee is scheduled to consider a revised preliminary plat for seven phases of the 469-acre master plan development at its meeting on Friday morning.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Oconee County Has Rejected Request For Residential Sewer For Bogart Subdivision

On Council Agenda

The Bogart City Council tomorrow (Monday) night is scheduled to take up a residential rezone request in the city that has raised questions about the county’s willingness to grant sewer capacity for a residential development.

At the Planning Commission meeting on Nov. 14, Jon Williams, representing the developers, told the commissioners that the property owners were working with the county to provide residential service to the 37-lot single family subdivision.

Oconee County Board Of Commissioner Candidates Went Into Final Days Of Runoff With Money In Reserve

Early Voting Turnout Low

Chuck Horton raised slightly more money than Marcus Wiedower in the last days of October and November as the two competed in the special election for open Post 2 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners.

Wiedower raised $3,793 and spent $17,818 with War Room Strategies, an Athens-based consulting firm, leaving him with a balance of $9,521 for the campaign going into the final vote on Tuesday, according to his campaign finance reports.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

RaceTrac To Open Remodeled Store At U.S. 441 And Hog Mountain Road By End Of Year

Complete Upgrade Underway

The remodeling of the RaceTrac store at the corner of Hog Mountain Road and U.S. 441 north of Watkinsville is in the final stages and should be completed by the end of the month, according to Karissa Bursch, communications manager for the the Atlanta-based company.

The new store will have a more modern store layout that includes updated building architecture, a new Swirl World frozen treat station, an expanded coffee area with more counter space, according to Bursch.