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Stalled subdivision revives, BoC approves zoning change
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A stalled subdivision off of Leroy Coffer Highway has been revived, according to plat requests submitted Tuesday to the Liberty County Board of Commissioners.

Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission assistant zoning administrator Gabriele Hartage presented plat requests for The Colonies at Habersham Plantation, situated off Luke Road. The development previously was approved as Lyman Hall North before economic conditions slowed it down — but she was seeking re-approval because the former authorization had expired after 18 months.

“The size of these lots is between half-an-acre and 1.24 acres, so they are fairly large lots,” Hartage said. “The project will have community wells and will be serviced by individual septic systems.”

LCPC documents say the preliminary plat is being developed by HCLM LLC, which has a registered agent with a Hinesville address, according to a Georgia Secretary of State’s corporations search.

The preliminary plat in documents is described as 23 single-family detached home lots on 31.31 acres in Fleming, and Hartage said the entire project will include 118 acres and 83 lots in the future.

The board unanimously approved the preliminary plat, but project engineer Trent Long, who also serves as the county’s engineer, asked on behalf of the developer that a vote on its final plat be postponed until next week.

Hartage said there were some outstanding items to be addressed before final plat approval, such as inspections and bonds.

Long said the developers hope to “go vertical” by the end of this month, and that steps such as water pressure testing and sampling already have been completed.

The board also approved a rezoning petition for a Highway 84 property east of Bill Carter Road that allows an additional dwelling to be added to a tract that previously was in an agricultural residential district.

New dynamics also were on display as new Chairman Donald Lovette led the meeting, and it was the first for District 2 Commissioner Justin Frasier, elected in a special race to fill the seat Lovette vacated.

Lovette continued former Chairman John McIver’s tradition of allowing each commissioner to offer thoughts on the start of a new year before introducing some ideas of his own.

Changes to come under Lovette include asking clergy members to offer an invocation before each meeting. United Ministerial Alliance President Pastor Richard D. Hayes offered the prayer Tuesday.

Lovette also said he would like to have informational sessions from different departments during meetings with shorter agendas. He made the example of zoning and planning and asked for an “A to Z” on the topic to refresh the commissioners and educate District 2 newcomer Frasier.

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