Pickens County Planning & Development February 2018 Report


Pickens County Planning & Development February 2018 Report

3/7/2018 ~ by Richard Osborne, AICP Planning & Development Director

Pickens County Planning & Development monthly report for February activity:

Building Permits (total)
29 in February 2018 (12% decrease)
33 in February 2017

Building Permits for Site Built Homes
7 in February 2018 (17% increase)
6 in February 2017

122 in February 2018 (10% increase)
111 in February 2017

Total Department Revenue
$14,730.29 in February 2018 (3% decrease)
$15,189.95 in February 2017

Subdivisions: building permits were issued for new homes in the following developments:
• Big Canoe (2)
• Settlers Ridge off Reavis Rd (1)

Special Projects
• Amicalola EMC headquarters project: Construction and inspections are ongoing for building additions to the administrations and operations buildings as well as general site renovations.
• Big Canoe Fire Station: Construction and inspections are ongoing for the new headquarters fire station.
• Comprehensive Plan: State and County planning staff are working on a draft of the plan based on input related to the 5 to 10 year future of the county and cities. The draft plan will be available for public review and comment in the spring. Questions? Richard Osborne 706-253-8852.
• Good Samaritan Medical Clinic: Construction and inspections are ongoing for the new approximately 7,000 sqft two-story building being built adjacent to the existing structure on Samaritan Way.
• Hemlocks Landscaping: Construction and inspections are ongoing for the new approximately 3,200 sqft building on Refuge Rd for this business.
• Jasper Paint & Body: Construction and inspections are ongoing for the new 6,800 sqft building addition to this business on Philadelphia Rd near Hwy 53.
• Mitigate, Inc: Construction and inspections are ongoing for the new 6,600 sqft building in the Sharp Mountain Business Park off Highway 108 for this business.
• Land development: A tertiary (stand-alone single lot) land disturbance permit was issued in the Hampton Farms subdivision off Parker Rd. A tertiary permit was issued in The Village at Oak Creek subdivision off Highway 53 West. The preliminary plat for phase 2 of The Ranches at Town Creek subdivision in northwest Pickens was approved.

• Based on an analysis of 2017 county alcohol license holders, the highest alcohol sales were reported by license holders in East Pickens: Foothills IGA, Big Canoe, and Home Restaurant.

Permits & Inspections Notes
• Planning & Development is glad to welcome back Willie Fortner as the Certified Building Official for commercial and industrial projects. Richard Bruce continues to do a great job as the Certified Building Official for agricultural and residential projects. If you need to schedule an inspection or have a question for an inspector, call 706-253-8850.
• A building permit is needed before work begins for projects in the county involving new buildings 200 square feet in size or larger (or small structures needing services such as electrical); building additions; moving a structure; significant electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work; and other significant projects. Minor repairs to make a structure safer and/or more code compliant (roof repair, window replacement, etc.) may not require a building permit. Septic service confirmation is needed from State Environmental Health 706-253-0900 before issuance of a county building permit. Not sure whether a project needs a building permit? Call us at 706-253-8850 and we’ll be glad to talk to you about your project. Thank you.

Timber Harvesting Permit Notice
• Before starting any work involving timber harvesting in unincorporated Pickens County, obtain a county timber harvesting permit from the Planning & Development office at 1266 E. Church St, Jasper. There is no fee for the permit but the application must include submittal of a $5,000 surety bond or letter of credit from a financial institution. If you have any questions, call 706-253-8850.

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