Oconee County on Sept. 15 issued a permit for land disturbance activities for expansion of Epps Bridge Centre, but it has not yet issued a second permit that would allow for installation of site infrastructure.
The county permit followed approval on Aug. 18 by the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District of an erosion and sediment control plan submitted by Oconee 316 Associates LLC and developer Frank Bishop of Atlanta for the 54 acres for the shopping center expansion.
All of the acreage covered by the plan submitted by Oconee 316 Associates LLC to the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District and by the permit issued by the county remains in the hands of the Evelyn and Frank Gordy Family, according to deeds on file in the Oconee County Clerk of Courts Office late last week.
The Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Oconee 316 Associates submitted to the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District on Aug. 3 shows a 39-acre tract bordered by Plaza Parkway, the Oconee Connector and Parkway Boulevard Extension, now under construction.
This 39-acre tract is for Epps Bridge Centre Phase II, according to the plans.
A smaller, 11-acre parcel fronting on the Oconee Connector to the east of the Parkway Boulevard Extension is for Epps Bridge Centre Phase III.
According to the plan, a little more than 3 acres will be used for easements for the new roadway.
In addition, 20 acres stretching away from the 54 acres will be graded to create fill for the 54-acre tract.
The plan shows the stream running through Epps Bridge Center Phase II being buried in a pipe.
Acres Owned By Gordy Family
According to Oconee County tax records, the Evelyn and Frank Gordy Family owned a total of 109 acres running from the Oconee Connector to McNutt Creek, the border between Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County.
Included is acreage on the west side of Plaza Parkway.
According to the deed filed in the Clerk of Courts Office, most of the 109 acres remained in the hands of the Gordy Family as of the end of the day on Friday.
The plan submitted to the Soil and Water Conservation District lists Oconee 316 Associates as the owner/developer for the 54 acres used for the expansion of Epps Bridge Centre, rather than the Gordy family.
The Clerk of Courts recorded a deed on Aug. 30 for just less than 5 acres the county obtained from the Gordy Family for for Parkway Boulevard Extension.
That includes the acreage from the 54-acre tract and additional acreage from the 20-acre tract, according to the site plan.
The Oconee County land disturbance permit references the plan approved by the Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District is one of eight districts in Region II of the state Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
The county’s land disturbance permit states that no grading or clearing for construction of streets or lots is allowed until approval of a preliminary plat by the county’s Planning Department.
The permit also stipulates that no curbing or utilities may be installed until the road base has been approved by the county.
The site plan approved by the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District includes an estimated construction schedule for clearance and site preparation running through October of 2017.
At the Oconee Country Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night, Austin Marable, GIS administrator for the county, presented an overview of 2016 Fly-over Imagery recently completed for the county. GIS stands for geographic information system.
Marable included images of changes in the area around Epps Bridge Parkway and SR Loop 10 going back to 1993.
I obtained copies of those images from Marable and used them to create a short, narrated video, which is below.
The 2016 image is only a few weeks old and provides a perspective on the expansion of Epps Bridge Centre.