Barrow postpones home guidelines

WINDER - Square footage requirements for new home construction in Barrow County will remain at 1,600 square feet for a one-story house.

Barrow County commissioners agreed Tuesday to form a committee to examine the matter and get input from the community. The item was removed from the meeting's agenda and the question was postponed indefinitely.

Water shortage

Barrow County's water sources will be able to meet only half of its demand in 2030, at the rate they are going now, said Stan Coley, Water Authority chairman. Commissioners agreed to fund a study that will design a new master plan for water usage. The study will go out for bids in the near future.

"We will need 20 million gallons per day by 2030," Coley said. "We can come up with 11 (million gallons per day) of that. We are heading to about half of where we will need to be."


A subdivision proposed by Montana Development holding more than 100 homes will rise on 61 acres on Rat Kinney Road, in spite of an unfavorable review from the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center.

The proposed development conflicts with Barrow County's future land-use map and its location in the Bear Creek Watershed encroaches upon the floodplain.

Commissioners voted to rezone the acreage, allowing construction to proceed. District 5 Commissioner Billy Parks cast the lone opposing vote against the project.

"I was concerned about the possibility of contamination of our water source," Parks said. "I would have liked more time to study the (NGRDC) findings."

More than 34 acres were rezoned from agricultural to residential use Tuesday.

• 14.9 wooded acres on County Line/Auburn Road was rezoned to residential for the purpose of building a 14-home subdivision.

• 1 acre on Manning Ginn Road owned by Rebecca White was rezoned to residential to build a single-family home.

• 15 acres at 1253 Ga. Highway 211 N.E. was rezoned to commercial to develop a seven-lot commercial subdivision.

• 3.3 acres at 1415 Etheridge Road owned by James and Teresa Casper was rezoned from agriculture/residential to residential to subdivide the property into three tracts and build a home for their daughter.