Hercules 009 Landfill Superfund Site Back on Tax Roles
Value Reduced from $200,800 to $34,000
Hercules Requests Rezoning for Superfund Site Property
The Hercules 009 Landfill
Superfund Site (Site) has been placed back on Glynn County property tax
roles after 2 decades of being tax exempt. Glynn County appraiser, Steve
Schaeffner, could not locate any Board of Appraiser meeting records
approving the tax exemption.
The 16.5 acre Site is
comprised of two parcels for tax assessment purposes. The appraisal for
8.20 acres where the landfill and Nalley auto dealership parking area are
located was $198,000. The appraisal for the adjoining 8.30 acres was
reduced from $200,800 to $34,000, or $4,100 per acre. The land value
reduction seemed drastic and unrealistic for prime commercial property with
1,555 feet of frontage on Spur 25 and abutted by two existing shopping
When Glynn County
Appraiser, Steve Schaeffner, was asked about the seemingly low appraisal for
the property, he said the property value would be reevaluated based upon the
new zoning designation. Hercules has requested the property be rezoned.
Hercules submitted an
application to rezone the property in May, and was put on the June 6th
Planning Commission agenda to consider a zoning change from Forest
Agricultural (FA) to Highway Commercial (HC). Hercules requested a deferral
and, according to Planning and Zoning, the rezoning request is now scheduled
to be heard by the Planning Commission on August 1st, provided another
deferral is not requested.
The rezoning application
for the Site requires an explanation for the change. Hercules' reasoning
was, "The surrounding neighborhood is made up of commercial development
intended to render services and products for the traveler and for the
general public, and this rezoning would place this property within the
zoning category of surrounding parcels for a more unified zoning pattern."
Hercules felt it would not be detrimental because - "Intends to be the same
or similar zoning as the surrounding parcels with highway commercial uses."
Hercules requested a
rezoning of this same property in 1974 from One-Family Residential (R-12)
to Forest Agricultural (FA), and represented the purpose as, "...reclamation
of the property for future development." In actuality, Hercules applied to
the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a Hazardous Waste Landfill
represented the purpose as,
"...reclamation of the property for future development." In actuality,
Hercules applied to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a
Hazardous Waste Landfill Permit, and the rest is Superfund Site history.