August 10, 2017
The public hearing Monday night (8/7/17) concerning the zoning exception for the Key Estate property showed that the citizens are anticipating what may happen, and some asked that the BOC put stipulations in place to keep it from happening.
Mr. Burch, who lives on Eagle Dr., told the BOC that those developing the property should be required to use the subdivision roads because Eagle Dr. was in such bad shape already.
Mr. Domine, who lives on Ski Cove, asked if the variances were already written. Then he questioned what would be voted on. In particular, he wanted to know if this variance would be allowed to be passed on to another developer, and if that was the case, another developer could develop the conventional subdivision anyway they wanted. Watch this very informative discussion.
Questions from citizens about development that need answers, but county attorney must research
The county attorney’s answer was he would have to research a special condition to a special exception.
John Snow, one of the developers, told the BOC that clear cutting could not be regulated. Comm. Pennamon wasn’t so sure about that.
Comm. Salmon asked about Eagle Dr. Mr. Snow said it would be a “secondary entrance” for the subdivision and there would be a back gate at the entrance on Eagle Dr.
Comm. Pennamon asked if the developers would maintain Eagle Dr. during development. The developer hedged, saying no one could tell what harm they would do to the road, and would not commit to maintaining it or fixing it.
Mr. Burch then informed the BOC that there is no way to access the lots on that side of the property except through Eagle Dr. Mr. Snow still would not commit to maintaining Eagle Dr. and said he may have to redraw the layout of the roads on the plat. Watch this video where the BOC ask the hard questions.
Questions from BOC and “answers” from developer about Eagle Dr. and the use of that road during development.
The developers have made promises that the citizens of the county as well as the BOC need to remember. #1 is –in the future this development’s roads will be maintained by the HOA of subdivision—not the County.
The final hearing and the decision by the BOC on this proposal (The Peninsula at Lake Jackson) will be held August 28, 2017 at 6:00PM. The place has not been posted, but most likely it will be in the small courtroom upstairs in the courthouse. Before that time, you can email any or all of the commissioners and let them know your thoughts and any concerns.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.