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Proposed Paris Mountain development raises wastewater concerns

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Some of Kaufmann's proposed plans are shown at Monday's public hearing. (Mar. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) Some of Kaufmann's proposed plans are shown at Monday's public hearing. (Mar. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Angry neighbors showed up by the dozens at a Greenville County public hearing Monday night where a developer's team shared plans for a "nature oriented community" on Paris Mountain.

Developer Eric Kaufmann, his architect and environmental consultant shared their plans to develop nearly 50 acres on top of Paris Mountain, complete with condominiums, spa and restaurant.

Kaufmann's team said the land will be built upon with either the condominium development or a subdivision plan that's gone through preliminary approval by the planning commission. He said the condo plan would have a much smaller footprint.

Current neighbors argue it's not just the footprint they're concerned about.

Altamont Road neighbors, and even Kaufmann's first cousin, stood in line to speak against the Altera development plan that was introduced to county council members.

The developers team explained its aim for 88 percent of the land to be preserved and tried to answer council members' questions about the proposed on-site wastewater treatment facility.

The waste treatment plan is one of the main concerns since another subdivision on the mountain has had big time issues with their on-site facility.

Neighbors said they don't want to be near another risky development that would need special approval and could potentially open the door for even more development on the mountain.

"We don't care if it's developed, we don't want it developed differently than what's allowed," said David Smith, a spokesman for many of the Altamont Road neighbors. "So if the Kaufmann people want to develop it just like the rest of the mountain, I think everybody would be fine with that."

"When they come and speak to me, if they will...then they'll realize the merits of this. As a matter of fact, I would say all of them would use the kinds of things that we're providing," Kaufmann said.

Kaufmann said that their waste treatment facility is by a company out of New Jersey and its director is from Greenville. He said the company's products survived Hurricane Sandy and the company hasn't had problems in its 40 years.

He calls their planned facility "bulletproof."

This rezoning process could take up to three months. Tuesday is the first reading at the county council meeting. April 16 is the second reading, and the third would be on May 7, if it makes it that far.

Kaufmann said if the rezoning isn't approved, he'll move forward with his 74-home subdivision.

Some neighbors have a legal appeal ready to go that they will present to the planning commission if necessary, claiming the commission was wrong in granting preliminary approval for the subdivision in the first place.

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