UPDATE: One big subdivision
According to Gilmer County Planning and Zoning Director Karen Henson, plans indicate that the project will not be divided but will be one large subdivision.
That said, the current phase of the project calls for 123 lots.
Henson did affirm that anything over 125 lots, regardless of lot size, would require a DRI. According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website, DRIs (Developments of Regional Impact) “are large-scale developments that are likely to have regional effects beyond the local government jurisdiction in which they are located. The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 authorized the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to establish procedures for review of these large-scale projects. These procedures are designed to improve communication between affected governments and to provide a means of revealing and assessing potential impacts of large-scale developments before conflicts relating to them arise. At the same time, local government autonomy is preserved since the host government maintains the authority to make the final decision on whether a proposed development will or will not go forward.”
Original Post – July 1, 2020
ELLIJAY, Ga. – According to the Gilmer County Office of Planning and Zonning, a four phase project is underway in Gilmer county neighboring the Coosawattee River to open 305 lots off of Highway 282.
The project is called High River, and is being undertaken by Flint Mountain Holdings, LLC., a company based in Blue Ridge according to documents filed with Planning and Zoning. The company is already amidst approvals for Phase 4 of the plans and is selling lots within the project.
Though all under the project name “High River,” phases of the project each have their own names in the documents including “The Plantation,” “Eagle Watch,” and “Mountaintown Crossing.” It is unclear at this time if the project will be one large community or several different subdivisions. However, the Flood Study provided for phase 2 of the project does reference itself as the flood study for phase 2 subdivision, the study was performed as the project comes close to the Coosawattee River and an “unnamed tributary.” Also on the study is the notation “Phase 2 Eagle Watch.”
If this sounds familiar to some, that is because a similar project in the same area was filed in 2011 by Flint Timber L.P. Opposed publicly by some, that project ultimately removed its application “due to the unfavorable economic conditions” according to FYN’s article “Flint Timber pulls application for Mountaintown Creek Mega-development” at the time.
Today’s project comes under Flint Mountain Holdings, LLC. and its authorized agent, signed in the applications, Bill Holt. The project already has filed a draft for declaration of covenants, conditions, restrictions, and easements with the High River project.
According to Gilmer County Planning and Zoning Director Karen Henson, the project is currently looking at 123 lots of 3, or more, acre tracts. Yet, she did say more phases are to come and the total project should reach 305 lots by completion. According to reports the project could reach over 1,200 acres.
FYN is currently seeking more information on the project, stay with us as we offer new details and make sure to click on the documents below for more information: