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 deeds to Jackson County for rights of way
•bringing roadways into compliance.
•providing an approved surety bond for the roadways until 75 percent of the lots are occupied.
•Fixing all erosion and sedimentation issues.
2. Create a special tax district by:
•submitting an application with a minimum of 66 percent of lot/homeowners
•the county assessing the cost of repairs to the rights of way
•if approved by the lot/homeowners and the board of commissioners, the roadway will be upgraded and expenses will be divided among the owners.
•meeting all conditions of the special tax district 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.
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 are buying 10 or 20 or 40 lots is that they are getting them for nothing. There have been lots that have been sold for $600 and taxes. They were originally $60,000 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.”