COVINGTON, Ga. – County officials hope to ‘have a solution finalized and in place as soon as possible’ to shore up what residents say is drainage from a new subdivision that has plagued an existing West Newton neighborhood for months .
The Pulte Group, developers of the 187-acre Westfield Village development, are evaluating a different way for rainwater to drain from the new housing estate rather than into the adjacent Creekview neighborhood, the spokesperson for the County, Bryan Fazio.
He said Acting County Developmental Services Director Shena Applewhaite “had a productive meeting” on Wednesday, Aug. 10, with Pulte officials about a possible solution to the water-filled problem. red clay flowing through the backyards and streets of Creekview, which is adjacent to the east side of Westfield Village near Kirkland Road.
“This conversation was the latest in a series of discussions between Newton County staff and developers with the goal of addressing issues affecting residents of the Creekview community,” Fazio said.
County Commissioner Alana Sanders said officials are discussing installing “new infrastructure” in the affected area of Westfield Village to divert stormwater flow.
“Development Services answered the call for every event I reported and currently in contact with development,” she said.
Macey Kessler, corporate communications manager for the Pulte Group, said the Atlanta-based company is “actively working with Newton County officials on a solution to improve stormwater management and drainage without impacting properties. surrounding.
“Pulte Homes is proud to be an integral part of the communities where we build and is committed to being a positive presence and good neighbor in the community,” Kessler said.
Some Creekview residents have recently complained of seeing steady streams of water after a retention pond was built in an effort to prevent the runoff from affecting them, WSB-TV reported.
County officials have been handling complaints since at least December 2021 when they investigated a mud-filled creek that residents say began as water pooling on nearby land cleared for the construction of Westfield Village and broke the retention basin which prevented it from moving down an indicate.
One resident said the constantly flowing water damaged her fence while others said the water left their yard constantly muddy and possibly damaged the foundation of their home.
Sanders told residents in an email that county leaders had said before the project was developed “that this is not good land to build on,” WSB-TV reported.
The 187-acre Westfield Village will include 542 lots combining townhouses and single-family homes and commercial retail space on Salem and Kirkland roads, according to a preliminary plan approved in January 2021.
Pulte, a nationally recognized homebuilder, is developing the project which will be valued at $145 million when built in 2025, according to a Regional Impact Development filed with the state government in 2020.
The new subdivision is located on the east and south sides of the Covington Marketplace shopping center on Salem Road, which is anchored by the Kroger Supermarket and borders the north side of the historic Salem Campground.
It is built around an existing road, Westgate Parkway, created as part of a housing development approved in 2005 but never fully developed.