A 22-acre property owned by Haywood County along U.S. 276 north of Maggie Valley has been moved out of the Jonathan Creek floodplain, and is being prepared to show developers, said Haywood County Program Administrator David Francis.

About 16 acres were raised approximately 3 feet between Sept. 5 and Nov. 26, using 33,000 cubic yards of fill dirt dug from around the county, Francis told the Haywood County Board of Commissioners during their Dec. 2 meeting.

“There are 6 acres that are in the floodplain that we aren’t able to do anything with,” Francis said. “Can’t have an improved structure there, can’t have parking, or things like that.”

Dry weather sped the filling process along, and the project will come in under its allocated $494,183.50 budget, Francis said.

“Dry weather always helps you move around clay dirt,” said Commissioner Tommy Long.

Previously, the 22-acre property was valued at $740,000, according to documents from the Haywood County Register of Deeds office. Pending an application, the land will be moved out of the Jonathan Creek floodplain and prepared for sale to developers.

“This has turned out well,” said Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick.

Water and sewer will be installed at the site, entrances will be improved, a possible subdivision plan will be reviewed and covenants will be prepared in the process of getting the Jonathan Creek property show ready, Francis said.

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