Dearing is one step closer to having a new subdivision just outside its city limits. Dearing resident Donald Greene plans to divide a parcel of land off Hillman-Gay Road into 53 lots. The new neighborhood will be called Deerfield in Dearing.
Mr. Greene is hoping that the idea of a new subdivision in that location will take off and that it will be a positive addition to the community.
"I think it's something that Dearing folks are going to be proud of," he said.
The current plot that will become Deerfield measures 207.62 acres. That will be broken into individual lots between 1.5 and 7.5 acres. And just as the county's slogan states -- country living, city style -- Deerfield will be distinctly McDuffie County.
"I think people kind of like the subdivision idea, but I think they like the country living," Mr. Greene said. "There again with the large lots, the houses won't be close together. I think that's going to be attractive to more people."
According to McDuffie County Planning Board Director Fred Guerrant the addition of a subdivision in Dearing could give a boost to the area.
"I think any formally proposed subdivision...is going to be an asset to one degree or another for Dearing and the county," Mr. Guerrant said. "Just having the number of people down there will tend to, to some degree, enhance the economy of the Dearing area."
Currently there are around 20 designed subdivisions in McDuffie County, Mr. Guerrant said. He added that the addition of Deerfield to that lineup will help the county by increasing the property tax base.
The neighborhood nearly became part of Dearing when Mr. Greene asked the city council if they were interested in annexing the future subdivision. The land didn't touch the city limits though, so Mr. Greene was asked to talk to five other land owners to see if they were interested in having their land annexed to connect his to the city limits.
Mr. Greene had hoped to increase the population and the tax base for Dearing, but he dropped the idea after that ruling by the city council.
"My initial idea was to do something for the city of Dearing, but that didn't work out." he said.
There will be some restrictions on building in Deerfield. Homes built in the subdivision will most likely have a minimum square footage requirement of 1,800, and residents will not be allowed to raise animals for commercial use.
Last Tuesday, Mr. Greene got approval by the McDuffie County Planning Board to use septic tanks in Deerfield instead of hooking into the Thomson-McDuffie sewer system.
Subdivisions with 50 to 100 houses located within half a mile of a sewer line are required to connect to it. The exemption was given because the cost of two lifting stations and connecting to the system was too expensive.
Planning commenced on the project as a whole about six months ago. Initial construction on the subdivision should begin by early fall, pending approval by the McDuffie County Commission.