The owner of nearly 30 acres on the south side of SR. 316 just west of Virgil Langford Road is seeking to rezone the land from agricultural use to business and to develop the land for auto dealerships and related commercial service-oriented businesses.
Elaine Duckett Crane of Mineral Bluff in north Georgia filed an application for the zoning change on April 20.
Slaton, according to the rezone narrative, will sell part of that tract to the future developers to give the project access to Jimmy Daniell Road.
Williams and Associates Land Planners of 2470 Daniells Bridge Road in Oconee County is acting as the agent for the developer, identified in the rezone application only as TT of Athens.
The project is scheduled to be before the Oconee County Planning Commission on May 16 and before the Oconee County Board of Commissioners on June 7. The Planning Staff has not yet completed its review of the project.
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The project will be on commercial sewer, and the rezone narrative states that 7,940 gallons per day of treatment capacity will be needed.
Oconee County Utility Department Director Wayne Haynie told Williams and Associates in March that “Water and sewer capacity currently exists for the location and project including its generally stated sewer uses.”
Haynie said the estimated sewer level of 7,940 gallons per day “must be confirmed” before the issuance of any permits. Haynie has said repeatedly in recent months that sewer capacity in the county is “tight.”
Lots For Sale
According to the narrative, lots within the development will be for sale to individual new car dealerships or others interested in related businesses.
The project will have multiple buildings totally 160,767 square feet in size and will be built in phases.
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A single lot and related infrastructure will make up the first phase. Construction on that initial part of the project is expected to begin in early 2017.
Access to the project will be via a private drive connecting Jimmy Daniell Road and Virgil Langford Road.
The project includes upgrades to Virgil Langford Road.
Land To Be Cleared
Multiple existing homes are on the site, according to the narrative. Tax records list two homes on the main parcels. All existing structures will be demolished, according to the application.
The site also contains two wetlands. According to the narrative, the developers have submitted documents to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine mitigation requirements.
The developers also are seeking a special exception variance from the county’s Unified Development Code.
The variance would eliminate the requirement of a 50-foot-buffer between the project and adjacent land.
The overall project is valued in the narrative at $40 million.