Residents of Traditions of Braselton want help with improving the road conditions in their subdivision and several residents appealed to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners Monday night for assistance.
Some roads are not in compliance with county standards and the county won’t issue building permits until improvements are made.
Senior planner Toni Smith outlined the options available to the residents, which include:
1. Bring the development into compliance by:
•Providing deed to Jackson County for right-of-way.
•Bringing roadways into compliance.
•Providing an approved surety for the roadways until 75 percent of the lots are occupied.
Fixing all erosion and sedimentation issues.
2. Create a special tax district by:
•Submiting an application with a minimum of 66 percent of lot/home owners.
•County will assess cost of repairs to the right-of-way.
•If approved by the lot/home owners and the board of commissioners, the roadway will be upgraded and expenses will be divided among the owners.
•All conditions of the special tax district must be followed prior to building permits being issued.
3. Take no action, which could mean:
•Development will stay out of compliance.
•No building permits will be issued.
•Sediment threatening state waters or neighboring property must be addressed.
While the options presented would require the homeowners to take action, those present at the meeting want to see the county do something.
Charles Mackey, who lives in “Pod C” of the development, said: “It is going to come down to you because the homeowners are outnumbered. My home is worth half of what it was when I bought it. Everybody in the neighborhood has suffered. The investors who own these lots and the reason they reason they are buying 10 or 20 or 40 lots is that they are getting them for nothing. There have been lots that has been sold for $600 and taxes They were originally $60,00 and $70,000 a lot. It is going to come down to everyone who has been there and stuck this out is going to get stuck. I don’t think it is fair. We’re going to be stuck. The county is not going to touch these roads until we are 75 percent occupied.”
Tom Bessemer, property manager of Traditions of Braselton, said that county needs a policy on how to address situations like this.
“You need a policy on monitoring this. It is more than just this issue. It is about how the county approaches this matter. 450 property owners are impacted by this. If my home burns, I can’t get a permit to rebuild. It’s very discouraging that this happened and that is happened to 90 other subdivisions. It’s very, very disappointing.”
Bessemer asked that the moratorium on now allowing building permits in subdivisions where roads are not up to standard be lifted. Planning director Gina Mitsdarffer said that there is no moratorium in place and that staff is following the Unified Development Code policy.
BOC chairman Tom Crow thanked those in attendance, approximately 40 homeowners from the Traditions of Braselton.
“It has been a difficult subject,” Crow said. “Hopefully, as we move forward, we will come to some conclusion that will be fair to not only these citizens but other taxpayers in the county.”
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