CHIPLEY - A new Washington County subdivision could began development in the new year if the Washington County Board of Commissioners follows a recommendation from the county planning commission to approve the proposal.

The Emerald Subdivision site is proposed for north of Emerald Lane, a two-lane county road located along the 7.9-acre tract, which is already designated as Low Density Residential by the county's Future Land Use Map. Property adjacent to the site is currently classified as Low Density Residential and Agricultural.

The application proposes the property be divided into seven lots for single home development with six being 1.14 acres and one at 1.15 acres. All seven lots would have direct access to Emerald Lane, with additional right-of-way dedicated for potential future improvements along Emerald Lane.

The Washington County Planning Commission hosted a neighborhood meeting about the proposal Nov. 17, with no local residents expressing opposition. County Planner Steve Cramer reports inquiries seem limited to those attending wanting more information on specifics, such as lot size.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the subdivision when the board meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

If commissioners approve the subdivision, it would also mean more ad valorem dollars for the county. While factors such as the type of home used in each lot's development prove too varied to determine an accurate revenue estimate, the seven lots would likely annually generate at least $10,500 in additional ad valorem based on the county average of $1,500 per property.

Site owner Leola Brock says she hopes the development will have a positive impact.

"A lot of people are looking for quiet, residential areas to settle," said Brock. "This will help fill that need."

Final approval is contingent on the site meeting stormwater requirements set forth by Northwest Florida Water Management. Currently, the agency has reportedly given verbal approval with an official letter of compliance forthcoming.