We were recently alerted to a new, proposed high-density development in Cashiers, NC, very near the headwaters of the Chattooga River. Cashiers Village II, LLC has proposed a major development that would be located on a predominantly steep and forested 55-acre tract at the southeast corner of the Hwy. 107 and Hwy. 64 intersection, known as “The Crossroads,” in the center of town. Cashiers Village II/”Cashiers Hillside,” would include a hotel, mixed use commercial buildings, and residential structures, altogether totaling 914 housing units and 1,473 parking spaces.
The extensive land disturbance and leveling of the topography in this area, which includes a portion of Chattooga Ridge, is within 500 feet of the source waters of the Chattooga River. Such massive excavation would present serious erosion and sedimentation risks to the upper Chattooga. As a recent and highly relevant example, the redevelopment of the nearby High Hampton property has resulted in substantial sedimentation into Fowler Creek, a formerly pristine tributary to the Chattooga in Cashiers.
Many in the Cashiers community were alarmed to learn of this proposed development only a few days before the Cashiers Community Planning Council’s public hearing about it on Nov. 16th. Represented by Roberts & Stevens, P.A., the Chattooga Conservancy allied with the Gana-Sita Property Owners Association and several others to challenge the developer’s Special Use Application at the public hearing. Our attorney successfully argued for more time to review the application and associated issues, and the Cashiers Community Planning Council granted a continuance. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:00AM and can be accessed virtually via YouTube live here: Jackson Co. Planning YouTube.
LATEST: The January 6th quasi-judicial public hearing before the Cashiers Planning Council was limited to evaluating, and approving or denying “standing” for all the individuals and groups who had requested it. Standing is required in order to participate fully in this issue. A total of 9 individuals and 1 organization — the Chattooga Conservancy — were granted standing by the planning council. The substantive issues regarding the proposed and very controversial “Cashiers Hillside” development will be argued at the planning council’s meeting on January 25th, 2021, starting at 9AM. Let’s keep the pressure on to stop this massive development!
The Cashiers Legal Defense Fund has been set up through the Chattooga Conservancy to cover attorney’s fees. Click here to donate.
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