Recent requests submitted to Columbia County Planning Department indicate spurts of development throughout the county, particularly in Evans and Grovetown.
Coel Development Company applied for a plan revision for its property at 5001 High Meadows Drive on March 4. The request is for the sake of its proposed Grovetown subdivision, Misty Meadows, which is to be comprised of 163 lots for single-family detached homes over some 49 acres, including three green spaces totaling about five acres. The size of the lots range between 5,000 and 7,000 square feet.
The development, originally launched by Golmar, Inc., was already underway three years ago. While this latest request is only for a variance regarding setbacks, the property was rezoned from residential agricultural to planned residential development back in August of 2019. The Board of Commissioners approved the preliminary plat for the project in September of 2020 and Coel Development purchased the property in March 2021.
Coel is requesting that the required front, rear and side yard setbacks be reduced, as their size as approved “greatly hinders and restricts the size, design and style” of the homes, according to the narrative document included with the application.
On March 1, Lewiston Road Investment Group submitted a request for a revision of the planned unit development at 770 Gateway Blvd. The partnership is seeking to accommodate Lot 14 for Covar Veterinary Clinic at Mills Branch Commercial, its a proposed mixed-use development at Gateway Boulevard. The 4,000 square foot building would be an addition to the original planned unit development narrative, with a 5,000 square foot outdoor area for exercising dogs, according to documentation included with the request application.
Also early this month, real estate developer Wayne Millar and architect Peter Slavovsky submitted a revision request for its project “The Corners,” a section of 14 residential apartments at the Evans Trade Center planned unit development. The area has had several major and minor revisions since being rezoned from general industrial district in 2014.
All three requests are scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on March 31, and then the Board of Commissioners on April 19.