Neighbors worry about impact of Granite Shoals development on lake access

Granite Shoals residents of two condominium properties near a development project have raised concerns about the project, putting them in direct opposition to the attorneys representing the condo management.

Residents of Tropical Hideaway and LakeFront Condos have sent letters to Town of Granite Shoals officials regarding the Granite Pointe development at the end of Highcrest Drive, formerly known as the “Red McCombs” property. The proposed development will include 13 homes, both on the lake and inland, a marina and boat ramps, and a cul-de-sac.

At the regular Granite Shoals city council meeting on Tuesday, February 9, city manager Jeff Looney told councilors that condominium residents have expressed their displeasure with Granite Pointe, especially the “swimming hole” used by residents during the summer and access to LBJ Lake.

“They feel their swimming area will be affected,” Looney said.

The city manager added that lawyers representing Tropical Hideaway and LakeFront Condos have offered different comments.

“They fully support this project,” he said.

Residents of the two condominiums also raised potential issues with the private wastewater treatment plant that serves the condominiums as well as the parking lot.

In an effort to reduce problems and address people’s concerns, Looney and city staff encouraged the developers of Granite Pointe to contact residents.

“The developers have agreed to establish communication between the groups and are trying to allay their concerns,” Looney said. “We’re going to let developers and individuals talk about it. We think this is the best way for them to move forward. I don’t think we’re going to see a lot of problems for this.

The city manager said the new development is a huge victory for the city as it will generate additional property taxes, perhaps $ 150,000 per year.

The developers invest $ 25-30 million in the property and submit a development agreement to the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval before it goes to city council.

In other matters, counsel:

  • appointed Michele Landfield to the parks committee;
  • learned that the Short Term Rentals Advisory Committee will meet on February 22 to create draft policies for landlords and tenants;
  • and understood that while the artificial turf used at the Quarry Park multi-use sports complex is not what city staff ordered, it still meets federal safety guidelines.

jfierro@thepicayune.com