Contour successfully secured a Section 404 CWA Individual Permit (IP) for impacts to jurisdictional waters associated with construction of the approximately 84.5-acre mixed-use development in Hall County, Georgia. The IP submittal included background information, need and purpose, alternatives analysis, avoidance and minimization, current site conditions, proposed impacts, terrestrial protected species survey, and a comprehensive mitigation plan. Permitted activities included piping of 1,500 linear feet of bed and bank stream channels. More specifically, the project resulted in the loss of approximately 1,200 linear feet of a drainage feature flowing parallel to the existing Thompson Bridge Road right-of-way for the establishment of retail out parcels and two (2) site entrance roads, in order to provide for direct site frontage and access.
In addition, approximately 300 linear feet of a second channel feature flowing generally to the east though the north-central portion of the property in order to route an internal access road to join the retail-commercial component of the project with a future multi-unit residential phase to the north. Contour also successfully secured a stream buffer encroachment variance from the GA EPD for riparian buffer impacts.