County shifts zone that will guide development

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THE ISSUE

Columbia County officials expect a four-way intersection at Columbia Road and William Few Parkway, created by an extension of William Few Parkway south to Chamblin Road, will be ripe for development.

To more adequately guide that development, county planners moved an existing perimeter for commercial development, called a node, 1,750 feet west to encompass the new intersection.

THE LATEST

The county commission approved moving the node Tuesday. The planning commission recommended the move June 5, though Planning and Development Director Jeff Browning knew of no immediate plans to develop the area around the intersection.

Mr. Browning said it's best to move the node now to give planning commissioners guidelines for potential development.

THE EXTENSION

County officials are negotiating the purchase of rights of way to extend William Few Parkway to Chamblin Road. The $2 million project is meant to ease traffic in the area once Grovetown High School opens in August 2009, Construction and Maintenance Services Director Scott Herring said this month.

The state Transportation Department also plans to extend William Few Parkway east to Hardy McManus Road as part of a $23.7 million project.

THE NODE

In the county's Growth Management Plan, nodes are separated into tiers and designate areas for commercial development. The Bartram Trail Node, the one realigned Tuesday, is a tier 2 node, which are about a half-mile in diameter.

Typically placed at major intersections, nodes are meant to lessen sprawl by concentrating growth in centralized locations. Other tier 2 nodes include the area surrounding the intersection of William Few Parkway and Washington Road, the intersection of Baston and Furys Ferry roads, and the intersection at Columbia and Belair roads. An example of a tier 1 node is Evans Town Center, the area around the Washington and Belair roads intersection.

-- Columbia County Bureau Chief Donnie Fetter

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OpenMinded
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OpenMinded 06/18/08 - 11:04 am
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Another huge leap forward for

Another huge leap forward for the Grovetown area! The Grovetown area is proving to be one of the best house for the dollar, easy interstate and highway accessed, intelligently traffic planned, growth areas in Columbia County, let alone the CSRA as a whole. New affordable residential developments have already become a big part of the mix. And just recently a mixed use commercial based development was announced for the Grovetown exit off I20. Now a node zone shift to incorporate an expanding William Few and Columbia Rd intersection. Grovetown is poised to become Columbia County's crown jewel in growth planning and development. Way to go Grovetown!

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Just My Opinion 06/19/08 - 04:49 am
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This article was brought to

This article was brought to you by "OpenMinded"...who is obviously affliated with either the Columbia County government or in the real estate/banking business! Pretty transparently written, Open. LOL!! BTW, if you've been around Columbia County long enough, you know that EVERY new area where the sprawling growth is imminent, that area is coined the "County's crown jewel in growth planning and developement"! I'm living in one now.

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