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Putnam Planning Approves 58-Home Subdivision In Baxter Area

Putnam Regional Planning Commission approved the final layout for a nearly 70-acre subdivision in the Baxter area Tuesday night.

The final plan for Watermark Subdivision, at the end of Medlin Road, would add 58 homes. Some concerns were raised about potential runoff that could cause the road to washout. Planning Commission Engineer Patrick Rinks said they have already discussed the issue with the developer.

“There are a few little things that we talked to Matt (Sliger) about,” Rinks said. “Getting some ditches a little more pronounced, they got some water standing in a place or two, but I think it’s okay, and we got the letter of credit that should cover any of that.”

The developer submitted a $500,000 Letter of Credit that will cover roadwork and a $50,000 letter of credit to run electricity. The credit will cover widening Nash Road to where it meets Medlin Road to 18 feet. Medlin Road going through the subdivision will be widened to 20 feet to meet county regulations.

“They have constructed the roads, put in the water,” Director Kevin Rush said. “The roads are constructed with gravel, they are not complete yet. They are going to submit a Letter of Credit to complete that.”

The preliminary plans were approved back in March under the condition the developer would pay for the roadwork. There was also an issue with the slope of the land between two of the properties zoned for homes.

“There was a little issue with the grade that you all were aware of in the minutes,” Rush said. “Matt did add a little rock to improve some of it. It still technically doesn’t meet regulation, but I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

The road improvements were taken on by the developer due to the increased traffic that will be created on the road due to the subdivision.

In other business, the commission approved the revision of a lot on Charles Maxwell Road. The revision will allow a home to be built on part of the property, while the other half of the property will be used to bail hay.

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