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County responds to slab lawsuit

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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:00 pm

An attorney representing the Oconee County Board of Commissioners in a legal battle over the governance of slab home construction has filed a concise response to the plaintiffs’ petition. 

“The Oconee County Board of Commissioners has properly exercised discretion with regard to the acts complained in the petitioners’ complaint, and the petitioners have no clear legal right to any of the relief sought,” according to the document, signed by attorney Thomas M. Mitchell of Carothers & Mitchell.  “At all times, the actions of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners were proper and in full compliance with the laws of the state of Georgia and the zoning ordinance and other codes of the county of Oconee.” 

SR Homes, an Atlanta home building business, is seeking an appeal of county regulations on slab constructions, particularly of homes in Pebble Creek subdivision off Greensboro Highway. SR Homes disputes a requirement that exposed foundations must be finished with some exterior material such as hardy-plank, brick or stone, as well as a requirement that raised slabs must be an average of two feet above finished grade on all sides of a house. 

For more on this story, see the Jan. 31 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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