The Oconee County Planning Department is recommending that Presbyterian Homes of Georgia be required to build a gravity sewer line along Barber Creek as a condition for rezone of 96 acres on Rocky Branch Road for a proposed continuing care retirement community.
That sewer line would cost an estimated $1.2 million and would require PHG to get easements from 31 property owners, some of whom have been vocal opponents of the rezone request.
All costs of the project, including those associated with acquiring the easements, would have to be born by PHG, though the county is reserving the right to upgrade the size of the sewer line if PHG builds it and to cover the costs of the upgrade.
PHG last night asked the Planning Commission to postpone consideration of its rezone and related special use request without giving any indication that the costs and complexity of building the sewer line played any role. The Commission granted the request.
One person with knowledge of the discussions told me that the sewer line played a major role in the requested delay. PHG said it plans to bring the matter back before the Planning Commission at its June 17, 2013, meeting.
For more information on the sewer line, with a concept plan showing its location along Barber Creek, go to Oconee County Observations.