Home construction could soon begin at a controversial development in Martinez.
Columbia County Planning Commissioners Thursday approved a final plat for Magnolia Trace, an “affordable housing” development off Old Ferry Road. Once a final plat has been passed, developers can start applying for building permits.
The plan calls for 50 single-family homes on the 15-acre site as well as a community building and sidewalks.
The future subdivision has been an issue for many residents living near the site, who complained the development will diminish property values, increase crime and overtax the school system.
Missouri-based Affordable Equity Partners arranged in 2011 with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to receive tax credits to build the subdivision. The county commission passed a resolution in June 2010 to support “affordable housing.”
In December, commissioners voted to hire a lawyer to investigate the issue after many voiced their complaints, but the attorney said officials could not legally stop the development.
In other planning commission business, the board approved a final plat for the second phase of Connor Place off Old Evans Road and a preliminary plat for four lots on an acre off Old Evans Road.
Planning commissioners also passed rezonings for professional use on half an acre at 4234 Columbia Road and a new building for the Quest Church.
The new church is planned on 10 acres at the Gateway area near Interstate 20 and Grovetown. The building is expected to be between 24,000 and 29,000 square feet.
A master signage plan also was approved for Riverwood Plantation that will allow temporary real estate signs to be placed at various places throughout neighborhoods.