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Bartram Trail residents, developers reach compromise

Posted: December 7, 2012 - 11:18am

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Columbia County planning commissioners gave the green light Thursday to changes within the Bartram Trail development.

The panel voted to remove 247 acres from the planned unit development off Columbia Road and William Few Parkway for creation of a new subdivision that would be accessed by Hereford Farm Road.

Discussion between Blanchard and Calhoun President Thomas Blanchard Jr. and current Bartram Trail homeowners transpired before the planning commission meeting and both sides had overall, reached a compromise.

“We wanted to protect our amenities, but we also wanted to protect our home prices,” said David Duncan, who served as spokesman for the neighborhood.

An additional 10 acres, off Hereford Farm Road, also was rezoned to single-family residential and combined to the land, making it a total of 258 acres.

A 30-foot undisturbed buffer along Bartram Trail’s golf course will separate the subdivision from the new homes. The new neighborhood will not connect to Bartram Trail and have no ties to its name.

Bartram Trail will retain 181 acres of green space.

With the large chunk of land removed from the development, Bartram Trail residents also will receive amenities promised by developers much sooner as they now move closer to meeting the 50-percent threshold of homes purchased, at which point amenities must be built.

The rezoning must go before county commissioners on Dec. 18 for final approval.

A minor change that applies to 22 undeveloped acres within Bartram Trail also was approved by planning commissioners.

The request revises plans for attached townhomes on Bartram Trail Club Drive to become 65 single-family detached homes.

The planning commission also passed a new ordinance, initiated by county commissioners, allowing indoor cat boarding facilities in certain commercial districts.

The business would provide multiple feline-related services, such as boarding, grooming and behavioral training, said Commissioner Ron Thigpen prior to the meeting.

“Folks love their cats just like they love their dogs,” he said. “Why shouldn’t there be a place that can board them and groom them.”

“It wouldn’t create a noise disturbance that a kennel would.”

Commissioners will hold two readings of the ordinance before voting on its adoption.

The planning commission also approved the following items:

• A preliminary plat for Kensey Park III at Canterbury Farms, off Chamblin Road: 32 lots on 6.4 acres.

• A preliminary plat for Jones Mill phase II, off Furys Ferry Road: 41 lots on 31.9 acres.

• A setback variance for an office building at 141 and 143 N. Belair Road.

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