Polecat Mountain in Canton will be home to a winery and resort in the near future.

The Canton City Council unanimously approved a request from Grid Properties, LLC, to annex 177 acres at Polecat Mountain. The developer will turn the land into a mixed-use winery and resort. The city council also approved the developers request Thursday to zone the area as planned development and mixed use zoning.

The development will be located near Laurel Canyon at 2030 and 2050 Sam Nelson Road, and 650 Talcmine Drive.

The Polecat Mountain Vineyard and Winery will include a winery and a barrel and casks making business, an artisan village, limited retail space, restaurants, a center, and 222 residential units including single-family detached and multi-family, Ken Patton, the city’s community development director, said earlier this month.

According to city documents, the winery and barrel and casks making business, residences, main building center and outdoor plaza, cellars, vineyards, gardens, orchards, and groves would be spread across a little over 75 acres. The remaining 102 acres would remain natural and untouched. The center would feature a main building with restaurants, retail, wine tasting, conference and classroom space, a spa and wellness area, flats, outdoor plaza and overlook, pool and outdoor amenities, and guest parking.

Grid Properties and Cherokee County recently signed a memorandum of understanding in regards to the development, according to Patton. The community will be limited to 125 residential units until roadway improvements and a second entrance are completed, according to the agreement. After that, the developer will be allowed to have up to 222 units.

The units will be short-term rental, with a possibility that some will support year-round living, Patton said Thursday.

Some residents raised concerns at the Oct. 7 meeting about the traffic that this development would bring into Laurel Canyon and to the surrounding homes and roads. They discussed the condition of Sam Nelson Road, which would serve as a main entrance to the winery, and asked whether the road could handle the added traffic.

Patton addressed this Thursday, saying that, as part of the memorandum of understanding between the developer and the county, improvements would be made to Sam Nelson Road, which is a county-owned road. The cell tower on the property will stay in place.

A number of conditions were approved by the city council, including hours of operation for outdoor events. These hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 8 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Another condition says that Talcmine Drive, which is located near the development, will be used for access to the communication and water towers, but will not be used for any other purposes unless otherwise approved by the county or Canton.

Polecat Mountain is located along Sam Nelson Road between Canton and Waleska. The summit has an elevation of 1,503 feet, according to Mountainzone.com. The mixed-use winery and resort would back up to Laurel Canyon, Preserve at Canyon Ridge, and Sam Nelson Road.


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