Walthourville could be gaining a new subdivision along Talmadge Road.
Paul Krebs petitioned the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission to rezone 33.76 acres from AR-1, agricultural residential, to R-2, single two-family residential, for a subdivision of 41 single-family lots.
The subdivision will be developed across Talmadge Road, also known as Highway 119, with a portion also accessed from Wilder Road. There will be lakefront lots with access for fishing and outdoor activities. Lakefront homes will be valued approximately $250,000 and other homes around $200,000.
Marcus Sack, of P.C. Simonton and Associates, said developers are considering installing shared driveways to the homes along the state highway to reduce access.
“It won’t be a state highway in the future, so that was taken into consideration by the developer,” Sack said. “While it is an issue we’re considering now it will be less of an issue in the future.”
Georgia Department of Transportation plans to re-route Highway 119 to create a bypass for trucks around Hinesville and limit heavy truck traffic through Walthourville.
Sack said the property will be transformed from a “debris filled, dirt piles, and hole in the ground to a nice looking subdivision.”
Walthourville resident Jerry Kicklighter was concerned about drainage and complaints about his animals. Planning Commissioner Lynn Pace said his property is grandfathered in as agricultural and no one will be able to complain.
Dwinda Wilson was concerned about an increase in traffic.
“Right now once a month or every couple of months, a car or truck will end up in our yard and I’m concerned that much traffic will be a problem,” Wilson said.
Donna Adams wasn’t opposed to the planning.
“I would like to say we would welcome the subdivision as long as everything they are saying will happen,” Adams said. “Most of us do have concerns with traffic at the curve. It’s really, really bad. ”
LCPC recommended approval for the rezoning.
The petition will be heard next by the Walthourville city council, Sept. 26. At 6 p.m.