Four years after being stalled, the 105-acre Cherokee Farms development in Burton won final approval Monday.
The development will include 306 homes and 150,000 square feet of commercial space, according to the development agreement approved by Beaufort County Council.
The site is directly north of the Habersham community and is designed to blend with the nearby building and neighborhood designs.
The project sputtered in 2010 when owner Tim Rentz butted heads with county planners over zoning rules. The Cherokee Farms area is now part of a unified development plan with Habersham and the 47-acre Sunrise Tract, which is immediately east of Habersham. All three can share similar design and zoning standards, according to the development agreement.
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Construction in Cherokee Farms hasn't been scheduled yet and is likely many months away, according to attorney Walter Nester, who represents developer Cherokee Beaufort LLC. The first phase of construction -- 9 acres with 70 planned residential units -- is scheduled to begin within 15 months, according to the agreement. A full cost estimate for the project has not been set, Nester said.
The project eventually will include about $1.1 million in improvements on Joe Frazier Road to handle expected traffic increases from the new development, county attorney Josh Gruber said.
The improvements include about $700,000 for a roundabout at the entrance to the community and the Burton Wells Recreation Center, according to the plans. The eastern intersection of Cherokee Farms and Joe Frazier roads will also be adjusted to provide a left-turn lane into the community from Joe Frazier Road, which will cost about $400,000, Gruber said.
The county eventually will borrow to pay for the road projects and will use impact fees it collects on the development to pay that back, Gruber said. Cherokee Beaufort LLC will pay the interest on that loan, according to the agreement.
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