Planning Commissioners OK elementary school project

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 08:38 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Planning Commission approved the initial plans for the new Kate M. Smith Elementary School Tuesday night.

That recommendation will move forward to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval on July 25.

“This is a very large project,” Dan Rutherford of CRA Architect told the commissioners. “The drawings don’t do it justice.” Rutherford said the school building is 600 feet long and he explained that bus traffic will be routed to Brickyard Road while parental traffic will access the new school from South Boulevard.

County Planner Mike DeRuntz told the commissioners that the property on which the school is to be build lies in both the city limits of Chipley and in the county.

Commissioner Jim Ackerman asked if the construction would result in more water running off the property and across Brickyard Road. “No,” Rutherford said, “the state standards do not allow for any more run-off after a construction project than was there before.”

“Have we considered that we are moving traffic off of city streets and onto two county roads? Will this be an increase in traffic?” asked Commissioner Roger Hagan.

Rutherford explained that the bus entranceway will be designed to correspond with the existing entranceway at Roulhac Middle School.

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