As a local leader in site design and permitting, Breedlove Land Planning strives to remain at the forefront of any major regulatory or permitting changes that may impact our clients and their projects. One such change we want to make you aware of relates to the permitting process for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), the entity that oversees compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Coming this August, all submittals to GA EPD must be filed electronically through their GEOS system. This will affect any necessary plan reviews, Notice of Intent and Notice of Termination Filings as required for compliance with erosion and sedimentation control regulations.
In the past, Breedlove Land Planning has handled the GA EPD permitting process for our clients by preparing the required plans and forms as needed. However, the new GEOS submittal process will require the CLIENT/ Property Owner to take the lead. The Property Owner must first register an account through GEOS and connect the associated preparer (i.e.- Breedlove Land Planning) to the project account. From there, we can prepare any required documents as we have in the past.
As this change begins to take effect, Breedlove Land Planning stands ready to assist our clients as they navigate the new process.
Breedlove Principals, Mike Breedlove and Reece Parker, were pleased to attend this year’s Veterans Day ceremony at Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial. Breedlove Land Planning designed the memorial, which combines architectural and landscape elements to form a pedestrian park on the northwest bank of Black Shoals Lake. The project consists of approximately 25,000 square feet of disabled person’s accessible walkways and plazas, over 600 linear feet of seat walls and retaining walls, parking, sculptures, water features, lighting and site furnishings.
On November 3, Governor Nathan Deal and other officials attended the ribbon cutting for YANMAR America’s new EVO//CENTER in Acworth. The purpose of the facility is to evolve the mindsets of YANMAR’S customers, dealers, employees, and community towards thinking and acting down a path of sustainable living. The new 50,000 square foot facility features six state-of-the-art product training labs with classroom and hands-on space, three classrooms, multiple meeting rooms, office space, a 250-seat auditorium, the EVO Commons dining area, concept lab, museum and outdoor product demonstration areas. The center also includes a “Working” Agricultural Training Field of approximately two acres, which will allow YANMAR to grow local, seasonal crops which can be consumed by employees and visitors. The field will also be utilized for educational purposes in the form of student field trips. Visitors will learn where food comes from and how it’s harvested via hands-on experiential learning.
Breedlove Land Planning performed all site design on the project including civil engineering and landscape architecture. BLP preserved of a majority of the 52-acre site including preservation of 32 acres of existing tree save (wooded) areas. Additionally, over 225 new 4” caliper trees were planted on site within developed areas. The project also includes over 250,000 SF of custom native, low-maintenance “meadow” mix. The meadow mix only requires mowing twice a year and does not require irrigation – a huge savings in water usage as compared to traditional turf grass.
The overall site layout and design blends the Evo//Center with its rural Cherokee County surroundings. Yet special accent features, including the reflecting pond and the outdoor dining commons, draw inspiration from traditional Japanese garden elements, a nod to YANMAR’s native country.
Governor Deal has attended recent ribbon cuttings for three BLP projects. In addition to YANMAR EVO//CENTER, he has attended the ribbon cutting ceremonies for UGA Business Learning Center Phase II and the GBI Morgue Expansion.
To see photos from the completed project click here.
Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for the recently completed Gwinnett Human Services Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The four-story, 100,000 SF office building serves clients of the Department’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). By mid-November, the Department’s Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and the Division of Aging Services (DAS) will also move operations to the new location. Overall the building will house 400 employees and is expected to serve more than 120,000 families in Gwinnett County. A key site design component included the two underground detention systems, which provide approximately 50,000 c.f. (370,000 gallons) of stormwater storage beneath the parking lots.
Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a camping trip, and Breedlove Land Planning has worked with Georgia Department of Natural Resources to design numerous yurt campsites. If you’re not familiar with the term “yurt,” the original yurt was a traditional home used by Central Asian nomads. The modern-day yurt is a dome-shaped, lattice-framed, canvas-covered structure most often erected on a wooden deck. They typically have front decks, rear decks, electricity, furnishings and even a space heater. Each yurt site also has an outdoor living area with a fire pit, grill, and a picnic table. Together, these amenities make them the latest craze in camping. BLP has designed yurt campsites at Cloudland Canyon State Park, Tugaloo State Park, and Fort Yargo State Park, which were all recently featured in this Atlanta Journal and Constitution article, “Yurts in Georgia: 6 of the best spots for yurt camping.”
BLP has worked with Georgia Department of Natural Resources over the past decade to produce master plans and to design trails and trail systems, parking lots, campgrounds, boardwalks, septic fields and a host of other site amenities. Other yurt campsites designed by BLP include Sweetwater Creek State Park and High Falls State Park.