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Planning commission hears request to subdivide Cumberland parcel

The Camden planning commission is set to consider an uncommon request at its Dec. 7 meeting: Should the commission allow a parcel on Cumberland Island to be subdivided?

A hardship variance has been filed with Camden County to allow 87.51 acres on Cumberland Island, owned by Lumar LLC, to be divided into 10 lots with frontage along the island’s main road. A variance is being sought to allow a subdivision on an unpaved road because there aren’t any paved roads on the island. Although much of Cumberland Island is a national seashore, there are still tracts of privately owned property such as this one.

The planning board will consider the variance and hear public comment at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the planning office, 107 N. Gross Road. Residents who cannot attend can send their comments to county planning director Eric Landon at elandon@co.camden.ga.us.

The parcel, which was once owned by the Rockefellers, stretches across Cumberland Island from the beach to the sound near the National Park Service’s Sea Camp dock. Lumar purchased the land from the Rockefellers for $3.5 million in 1998, according to county property records.

The land is currently zoned “conservation preservation,” a designation in the county’s code created to “preserve and control development within certain land, marsh and water areas of this county. These areas serve as wildlife refuges, possess great natural beauty, are of historical or ecological significance, are utilized for outdoor recreational purposes or provide needed open space for the health and general welfare of the county's inhabitants. The regulations are designed to discourage encroachment of uses capable of destroying the undeveloped character of the CP district.”

Dividing or recombining parcels is the only land use allowed in the county’s code.

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