Columbus releases latest draft of Foster Creek agreement

Published 8:59 am Thursday, August 18, 2011

Public hearing set for Sept. 7
The Town of Columbus has released its latest draft of the proposed Foster Creek development agreement.
The town has set a public hearing on the development agreement for Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Columbus Town Hall.
The latest draft specifies that Foster Creek, a proposed subdivision of 1,065 acres with a maximum of 687 dwelling units, will construct a water storage tank and pay the town for an additional police officer and vehicle for two years at a total cost of $84,080.
The draft agreement also states that Foster Creek will use the town’s water and sewer systems. In addition,  Foster Creek will pay for the design and construction of a water supply system and sanitary sewer line system to the property, as well as extensions and any necessary pump stations.
The draft also requires turning lanes be constructed at the entrances to the development on Houston Road and Hwy. 108.
“The town has worked throughout the past year to craft a plan that provides substantial public benefit to the town while ensuring managed development of the property,” said Columbus Town Manager Jonathan Kanipe in a press release.
The town has been working with Foster Creek developers for several years on the development. Columbus enacted a moratorium before the development submitted a master plan to enact new ordinances and procedures. Foster Creek has held several public informational meetings to explain plans and gain input from the public.
The development is planned to be built out over the next 15 to 20 years. Initial construction is proposed to begin in 2012, and design, engineering and permitting of on and off-site improvements required for water, sewer and roadway construction is expected by the fourth quarter of 2012.
Lot sales are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013. The development expects the first 100 lots, consisting of 89 lots and 11 townhome lots, to be developed during the first phase.
The latest draft of the development agreement is available for public inspection by visiting the town’s website at or at Columbus Town Hall. Questions can be directed to town manager Kanipe at 828-894-8236.

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