The Oconee County Planning Department has advised the owner of an 188-acre tract between Daniells Bridge Road and Cliff Dawson Road currently zoned for a large subdivision that he should downzone the property for agricultural use to accommodate his plans for the land.
David Mulkey, operating as Wildwood of Columbia LLC, purchased the 188 acres in June of this year, according to Oconee County tax records.
He also has purchased an additional 16 acres from the developer of Downs Creek Farm subdivision on Daniells Bridge Road in June and combined that with the 188 acres he purchased in June, creating a 204-acre parcel.
In addition, Mulkey owns six lots in the section of Old Farm subdivision accessible from Cliff Dawson Road and has filed site modification plans with the county to combine four of those lots.
The combined lots as well as the two additional lots in Old Farm owned by Mulkey back up to the 204-acre tract Mulkey has assembled through the June purchases.
B.R. White, director of the Oconee County Planning Department, told me on Oct. 14 that he had advised Carter Engineering Consultants that the 188-acre tract needs to be downzoned from its current R1 classification to A1 to accommodate plans for a farm pond or lake on the property.
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Carter, 3651 Mars Hill Road, represents Mulkey, White said.
White told me yesterday (Friday) that he had not yet received any request for the downzoning.
The 16 acres from the Downs Creek Farm present an additional problem, White said, because they are part of a special tax district for street lighting in the Downs Creek Farm subdivision.
Mulkey submitted plans for the modification of the four lots in Old Farm on June 6, and construction is underway on the lots to eliminate a cul-de-sac and change the driveway entrance.
Those four lots total 5.4 acres, and the additional two lots adjoining them and running to Cliff Dawson Road are 2.1 and 2.3 acres.
The 188 acres Mulkey purchased in June is the last major undeveloped parcel on Daniells Bridge Road.
It is across from Lake Wellbrook subdivision on Daniells Bridge Road, which was developed in the late 1990s.
The 188-acres abut Meadow Springs subdivision on Cliff Dawson Road, a master plan development project that was partially dormant until 2013.
The 188-acre property had been zoned by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners for a 193-lot subdivision on March 4, 1997.
According to Oconee County tax records, Rebecca Barnette sold the property to Wright Land Company for $1.7 million in April of 1997.
Wright Land Company transferred the property to Ron & J.L. Wright Jr. in December of 2007.
The Wrights, major Oconee County land owners and developers, sold the property to DRM EAT LLC on June 6 of this year for $4.4 million.
The Oconee County Tax Assessor Office labeled the sale as of questionable fair market value.
DRM EAT LLC incorporated on March 2, 2016, with Athens attorney Mike Morris as the organizer.
DRM EAT LLC sold the property to Wildwood of Columbia LLC on June 16 for $4.5 million, which the Tax Assessor Office also labeled as of questionable fair market value.
Wildwood of Columbia has been incorporated as Timberline Crossing LLC since March of 1999.
Timberline’s name was changed to Wildwood in 2015.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State Corporate records, Wildwood of Columbia was changed to Brooklake Farm LLC on June 23, 2016, though the Oconee County tax records still use the Wildwood name.
Wildwood of Columbia LLC has a mailing address of 1550 Timothy Road in Athens, as does Brooklake Farm LLC.
Wildwood of Columbia LLC purchased the two lots from the 11-lot Downs Creek Farm subdivision.
Five of the six lots in Old Farm subdivision controlled by Mulkey are listed in Mulkey’s name, with a Darby Hill Lane address in Old Farm.
The sixth lot in Old Farm is owned by Berlin Street Properties LLC, also with the 1550 Timothy Road address in Athens.
Only one of those six lots in Old Farm owned by Mulkey has anything built on it.
The property at 1596 Derby Hill Lane has a home on it, with total property and improvement value of $827,573, according to the county’s tax records.
Tax records show Mulkey purchased those six properties individually from January of 2010 to January of this year.
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