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Columbia County rejects townhomes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:31 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:20 AM
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Columbia County commissioners Tuesday rejected a developer’s request to turn a failed professional park in Evans into townhomes.

With a unanimous vote, commissioners turned down the rezoning of the site on Furys Ferry Road next to Oakbrook subdivision that would have allowed developer Joe Todd to build 26 townhomes.

“It just doesn’t seem compatible” with neighboring homes, said County Commission Chairman Ron Cross.

Earlier, Oakbrook resident Scott Kirchhoff spoke on behalf of more than a dozen neighbors at the meeting, worrying that the rezoning could hurt their homes’ value and increase traffic problems by forcing more U-turns on divided Furys Ferry Road.

In response to a question from Cross during Todd’s presentation, the developer wouldn’t rule out renting the townhomes. That prompted Kirchhoff to note the potential profit likely would increase the number of rentals, making the project more akin to apartments.

“Apartments definitely hurt home values,” Kirchhoff said.

The site is owned by the bank that took it from the previous developer in foreclosure when the professional development failed to make any sales. Todd said earlier his agreement to purchase the property was contingent on the rezoning.

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avidreader 05/22/13 - 05:42 am
The Unspoken Rule

The "white flight" rule: Do not build any residences that can lead to future Section 8 possibilities. Smart move -- must keep the current property values at a premium.

sewerbabe 05/22/13 - 10:02 am
Makes sense to keep property prices up .

When you purchase a home in CC it is always a "caveat emptor" situation. It's not just the shoddy homes and those high prices, it's those sneaky commissioners rezoning the land close by to allow commercial enterprise, section 8 houses or apartments. Glad to see Mr. Cross had a "no go" on this one but I'm a little leery over what he really has in mind. Hmmm!

David Parker
David Parker 05/22/13 - 12:55 pm
Just bring it over by Blue

Just bring it over by Blue Ridge and Old Evans. It's apartment/Section 8 crazy up in there. Guess we are far enough away from West Lake to not worry about our property value. I get it (wink)

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