The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority has extended a lease management agreement between the agency, Hall County government and Glade Farm LLC while an application for a federal permit needed to proceed with the Glades Reservoir project is on hold.
“The letter of intent signed by both the County and Development Authority is simply a formality which extends the timeline for the county’s plans for Glades Reservoir,” Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said in an email. “This land management agreement has been in place for a number of years and is renewed annually.”
Hall County temporarily withdrew its permitting application last April, putting a halt to payments to consultants on the project.
Officials said at the time that they needed to re-evaluate the project and its need, but they intend to continue pursuing the a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a later date.
Factors in the decision for the temporary halt included new population estimates for the area that call for slower growth than some earlier projections, a statement from the Environmental Protection Division that the project is no longer needed for water supply, and the ongoing tri-state water wars between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
The county has invested $16 million in the proposed 850-acre reservoir, including the purchase of land and working through the yearslong application process.
Supporters of the proposed 850-acre Glades Reservoir in the Upper Chattahoochee River Basin say it will add about 40 million gallons per day to the water supply of Northeast Georgia.
If approved, the total projected cost for the reservoir is about $130 million.