During their meeting Monday, May 16, the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) heard a revised site plan presentation from Gary Wadsten of Carolina Holdings and Jeff Homans of Land Design Associates for Jekyll Ocean Oaks (JOO), the new residential development planned for a site north of the Hampton Inn.
Last month Wadsten, whose Carolina Holdings firm is building The Cottages at Jekyll Island on the north end of the Island, was added to the Jekyll Ocean Oaks (JOO) development team.
The JOO plan includes the donation of approximately two acres of oceanfront land to the JIA that contains a large swath of maritime forest and sand dunes, an updated beach crossover, as well as a land exchange between the JOO property and the Hampton Inn property.
IPC recommends denial of pier village rezoning
By Matthew J. Permar
The Island Planning Commission voted unanimously 7-0 to recommend denial to the Glynn County Commission of a proposed rezoning in the pier village area of St. Simons Island.
The request was to rezone 350 Ocean Blvd., which is owned by Haven Paxton, from VR Village Residential to VMU Village Mixed Use.
The purpose of the request, according to the staff report, is to make the half acre property, currently vacant, the same as the adjacent parcels and ultimately combine it with the Marshall Building Phase II site and use it as a parking lot and hotel.
A request to rezone this parcel from VR to VMU was previously heard by the Islands Planning Commission on October 21, 2014 and by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners on November 20, 2014.
JWSC hears from business community on tap fee increases
• Public hearings on new rates to be held
By Matthew J. Permar
During their regular meeting last Thursday, the Brunswick Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) heard from several people in the real estate business who are concerned about the tap-in fees that are proposed in the new JWSC rate structure that will be enacted on July 1.
Realtor Jay Kaufman, Vice president of Professional Development for the Golden Isles Association of Realtors, spoke to the JWSC.
Currently the tap-in fees are $525 for water and the same for sewer for an average size house.
Kaufman said if the fees are increased to the proposed $2,400 for water and $4,800 for sewer, it would have a significant impact on the housing market.
Kaufman said, “If you’re talking about a half million dollar house, it’s not that big of a deal, but if you’re looking at a $150,000 home, that is a substantial increase.”
Kaufman noted it could impact FHA and VA loans.