Another subdivision could be in the future in Flemington.
A 266-lot development with a commercial tract next to Oglethorpe Highway and not far from McLarry’s Curve was proposed for rezoning at the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission meeting Tuesday.
An application was filed by Herbert and Pamela Stacy, Richard Bradley and Glenn Fox to rezone 163 acres from R-1, single family, and A-1, agricultural district to planned unit development.
The subdivision will have two entrances, one off of Old Hines Road and the other off of O.C. Martin Jr., Drive, which is leads to the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. There’s no proposed entrance off of Oglethorpe Highway.
At the rear of the property there is a Georgia Power transmission access and a tributary to Alligator Creek.
The subdivision will feature single-family houses, garden style homes, playgrounds, parks, sidewalks, fishing ponds, walking trail and a mail drop off area.
Portions of the property are within the flood plain and contain wetlands. Homes in the flood plain will be elevated and properties with wetlands in the backyard will have houses built closer to the street.
The subdivision is located just barely outside the noise buffer from Fort Stewart, meaning homeowners will potentially be affected by aircraft noise and other noise from post.
Trent Long, of T R Long Engineering, said the subdivision will have a homeowners association and the access points will be able to handle the additional traffic from this subdivision.
Planning Commissioner Phil Odom said at the rear of the property is a wildlife corridor used often by different animals. Odom also asked to disclose to homeowners with wetlands that they own regulated wetlands.
Flemington resident Barry Tunstall was concerned about the traffic. He lives in Gravel Hill and called is area “a retirement place.”
Tunstall said there will be an increase in traffic at the entrance off of Old Hines Road, with school buses, log trucks and more drivers. He mentioned a lot of accidents happening at the curve on Old Hines Road. He also talked about the homes in flood zones, powerlines being too close to houses and asked if there could be an alternate route other than Old Hines Road.
Retired veteran Bobby Hawes said the residents of Gravel Hill were concerned about property values and traffic safety.
Hawes shared a story of while serving abroad his daughter, who just started driving at the time, was run off Old Hines Road by a still unknown person.
“We only have one policeman in the city of Flemington and if that policemen had not been driving that day, my wife wouldn’t lost our daughter,” Hawes said. “We have great concerns about speeding, traffic and trucks on that road.”
Hawes said in the morning large trucks park in front of Stacy’s Florist and a church on the corner of Old Hines Road and Old Sunbury Road, preventing him from being able to see on-coming traffic.
Stacy said he will put up a “No Parking” sign to deter the drivers who are stopping to go into Parkers gas station across the street.
Out of the 34 homeowners in Gravel Hill, Hawes said, 31 have signed a petition opposing the rezoning.
Commissioners recommended approval of the rezoning.
The proposal will go before the Flemington City Council on August 8.