By STACY SHELTON / Atlanta Journal / Constitution
Monday, February 02, 2009
John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, one of metro Atlanta’s most respected home builders, must pay a $150,000 fine to the state for impounding a stream in the city of Milton without a permit.
The fine, issued late last month, is among the largest imposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Wieland built about an 18-foot-high retaining wall across a tributary of Cooper Sandy Creek. The creek feeds the Little River, which empties into Lake Allatoona, a water source for metro Atlantans. The wall created a stormwater detention pond to hold back muddy rainwater.
Bert Langley, manager of the EPD’s Mountain District office, said the state would not have allowed Wieland to build the wall, but will not force the developer to remove it. EPD’s investigation started last May.
The Wieland project, called the Braeburn Development, is at the intersection of Birmingham Highway and Crabapple Road. The project is designed for about 53,000 square feet of offices, 45 houses and 49 townhouses.