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Serenbe Palmetto, GA. Case Study. Project Summary. Location: Palmetto, Georgia Acreage: 900 Units: Approx. 165 residential units, 115 Live/work units, 6 Commercial units

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Serenbe palmetto ga


Palmetto, GA

Case Study

Project summary
Project Summary

Location: Palmetto, Georgia

Acreage: 900

Units:Approx. 165 residential units, 115 Live/work units, 6 Commercial units

Product Type:Smart Growth community with interconnected, variably-sized settlements, including small villages, hamlets and farmsteads.

Master Plan:Two (2) distinct Hamlets (i.e. stand-alone communities), each arranged in an Omega design with 140 residential and commercial units

Topography: Gently rolling

Soil: Sandy loam

Phase i summary
Phase I. Summary

Selborne Community

Units:140 units, including approximately 50 live/work and 4 commercial

Home Prices:$150,000 to over $1 million

Absorption Rate:3-4 years

Project considerations
Project Considerations

  • Municipal sewer service was not available

  • Community was planned with environmental sustainability as a top priority

  • Highest and best use achieved through clustered development with substantial open space

  • Minimize upfront capital investment, and spread cost over life of project.

  • Maximize economic return by providing project design flexibility; offering multiple products and price points.

  • Solution must provide for professional operation, maintenance and customer service


  • Turnkey decentralized wastewater system

    • Design

    • Build

    • Operate

  • Collection System

    • Individual septic tanks with gravity collection

  • Treatment

    • Recirculating Sand/Gravel Filter combined

      with a Constructed Wetland

  • Disposal

    • Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Ownership management
Ownership & Management

  • Once system is constructed and approved, ownership is transferred to Utility as “Contribution In-Aid” (non-taxable transaction).

  • Utility will own, operate and maintain system in perpetuity. (including individual and central system components )

  • Utility is certified as wastewater system operator by the State of Georgia Department of Public Health?

  • Utility provides performance bond to the State Health Department and evidence of financial viability to the Public Service Commission

Developer benefits
Developer Benefits

  • Turn-key solution

  • Minimize upfront capital cost

  • Maximize development design flexibility

  • Utility company assumes operational liability

  • State of Georgia monitors system performance and financial viability of Utility

  • Ability to re-use treated effluent for community irrigation

  • Proven technology