I live in the Saxon Woods subdivision in Athens, GA, on Frederick Drive, a small suburb rendered quite sleepy and almost pastoral by the years-ago closure of a "short-cut" through-road cutting across from Vincent Drive to Newton Bridge Road. There is a gas easement behind our house, and I recently learned that a group of folks have purchased about 45 acres along the Vincent side of the closed road and near the easement for development of an ecovillage. I wrote our county commissioner about how this project will affect the road closure/opening.
I'm wondering if anyone here is involved in this project? I'm working on building a forest garden in my backyard, and I'm of course quite excited to know that some like-minded folk have plans close to me. (Don't want them to open up the through road, though...that would invite way too much traffic through our neighborhood!) I'd love to hear from you if you're involved, here or via purple mooseage. Also, I hope members of the group will join Nextdoor.com and share with the neighborhood what the hopes and dreams are for this project.
I emailed our county commissioner to see what I could learn, and this was his response:
This project is really in its infancy and, outside of the land being purchased, there are no concreteplans at this point. If there is a proposal to open the other end of Frederick Drive it will be well studied for feasibility and traffic impact on Saxon Woods and Vincent Drive. I spoke with one of the individuals involved this week and it seems they are a ways off from moving ahead on anything at this point but if they do I will certainly reach out to the Saxon Woods community and get input!