Subdivisions subsidized by roads, EV charging, VAWA, Soccer complex, Courtroom AV @ LCC 2022-04-11

Update 2022-04-12: Videos.

Thanks to Joe Brownlee of Georgia Power for getting Lowndes County to agree to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the county palace.

REZ-2022-06 Kinderlou Forest aims to go pretty close to Spring Branch and the Withlacoochee River.

[Rezonings, Val Del Road traffic, Electric Vehicle Charging]
Rezonings, Val Del Road traffic, Electric Vehicle Charging

The agenda item for REZ-2022-07 Hayden Park, Camelot Crossing & Val Del Rd says “BUDGET IMPACT: N/A” for “a mixture of residential and commercial sites for development in various stages.” Yet the Lowndes County Commission board packet contains 52 pages of traffic study for the intersection of Val Del Road and North Valdosta Road. Staff notes “Plans for two left-turn lanes from Val Del to North Valdosta Road are anticipated to be complete by 2023.” The applicant’s Letter of intent says, “Lowndes County has been wise to pro-actively invest in infrastructure here, anticipating and preparing for new growth.”

Cost What
$944,072.72Lowndes County Judicial Complex Courtroom Audio and Visual Replacement for 10 Courtrooms
$258,000.00Lowndes County Jail Medical Addition Owner and Architect Agreement
$86,266.00Acceptance of the FY2022 VAWA Continuation Grant Award
$1,288,338.72Total

How much has Lowndes County already spent and still plans to spend on roads and water and sewer to promote subdivisions on Val Del Road? Why are such expenses never accounted for in subdivision rezonings? Will the Commissioners continue to pretend that it’s some force of nature pushing growth up Val Del Road when it’s them doing that?

[Zoning Location Map]
Zoning Location Map

This subdivision at least is within the existing water and sewer lines, between existing development on North Valdosta Road and Nelson Hill subdivision on Val Del Road. But the projected turn lanes on Val Del Road would promote more subdivisions farther up Val Del Road.

[Map: planned turn lanes, Val Del at North Valdosta Road]
Map: planned turn lanes, Val Del at North Valdosta Road

This time it’s not the Planning Commission pushing growth north up Val Del: they recommended denial by an 8 to 2 vote.

I would guess the County Commission will table this one for a few weeks because staff wants a second entrance. Or they will just go ahead and approve it anyway, because growth is what they care about. Growth is profit for developers, builders, heating and air conditioning companies, and realtors.

You’d think people who work for or own such businesses would recuse themselves from voting on the Planning Commission or the County Commission. But they vote anyway.

Here is the agenda. The board packet, recieved in response to a LAKE open records request, is on the LAKE website

LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PROPOSED AGENDA
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2022, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  4. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Proclamation Presentation (Regular Session)
  5. Minutes for Approval
    1. Work Session – March 21, 2022 & Regular Session – March 22, 2022
  6. Public Hearing
    1. REZ-2022-06 Kinderlou Forest, P-D to R-10, P-D, and C-H, County Utilities

      Documents:REZ-2022-06 Kinderlou Forest.pdf

    2. REZ-2022-07 Hayden Park, Camelot Crossing & Val Del Rd, ~149 acres, from R-1 to C-G, P-D, and R-10

      Documents:REZ-2022-07 Hayden Park, Camelot Crossing and Val Del Rd.pdf

    3. REZ-2022-08 Hallabrook, 3263 Old Clyattville Rd, ~15.6 acres, R-A to P-D, Well & Septic

      Documents:REZ-2022-08 Hallabrook, 3263 Old Clyattville Rd.pdf

  7. For Consideration
    1. Electric Vehicle Charging Station

      Documents:Electric Vehicle Charging Station.pdf

    2. Acceptance of the FY2022 VAWA Continuation Grant Award

      Documents:Acceptance of the FY2022 VAWA Continuation Grant Award.pdf

    3. Lowndes County Jail Medical Addition Owner and Architect Agreement

      Documents:Lowndes County Jail Medical Addition Owner and Architect Agreement.pdf

    4. Acceptance of the Quit Claim Deed from the Georgia Department of Transportation for 9.014 acres

      Documents:Acceptance of the Quit Claim Deed from the Georgia Department of Transportation for 9.014 acres.pdf

    5. Lowndes County Judicial Complex Courtroom Audio and Visual Replacement for 10 Courtrooms

      Documents:Lowndes County Judicial Complex Courtroom Audio and Visual Replacement for 10 Courtrooms.pdf

  8. Reports – County Manager
  9. Citizens Wishing to be Heard-Please State Your Name and Address
  10. Adjournment

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