Subdivision plans approved

The North Augusta Planning Commission unanimously approved Thursday development plans for three subdivisions that ultimately could bring hundreds of new residences to the city.

Commissioners approved a concept plan and a plat for phase I of Sweetwater, which will be located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 25 and Walnut Lane.

The conceptual plan calls for 484 single family houses and 47 live/work residential units on 90.86 acres. The phase I plat includes 94 residences.

According to city documents, the development will require an upgrade of Walnut Lane to six lanes, including two left-turn lanes, at U.S. 25.

City officials have said improvements to Walnut Lane, which will include a traffic light, will cost an estimated $1.5 million. It will be paid for in part by state, city and private funds, the latter coming from developers and SRP Federal Credit Union, which is building a headquarters nearby.

Later, planning commissioners approved of the conceptual plan and a plat for the second phase of Whatley Place Townhouses, located near the intersection of Five Notch and Austin Graybill roads.

The conceptual plan calls for a total of 142 units. The plat was for the first 53 townhouses.

In other business, commissioners approved Copper Pointe, a community of 28 townhomes on four acres on Womrath Road.