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Wow - thanks for sharing. Very cool to see. I currently use a tesla supercharger one exit to the east of here during road trips to Athens, so this will be an easy stop for me.
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Anyone overlay the FEMA flood zone risk?
Also wonder about hurricane hazard. (Here in Illinois we just worry 'bout tornadoes, currently....😐)
It is marked in the pdf.

As far as hurricanes go, ATL is pretty far inland. The main issue would be flooding from extensive rainfall if a storm stalls over the area, like Harvey did to Houston.

SE side has water retention zones, hopefully they will design enough to account for that.
 

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Those buildings are absolutely HUGE. 3-4 Million square feet for several of them, and a total of almost 20 million square feet under roof. Thats almost a square mile! Buildout will take probably 18-24 months minimum.
Boy, I would love to be on that job.
 

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Anyone overlay the FEMA flood zone risk?
Also wonder about hurricane hazard. (Here in Illinois we just worry 'bout tornadoes, currently....😐)
Tornadoes are far more likely to be a problem for that part of GA than hurricanes. That far inland, the damage from hurricanes comes from flash flooding and tornadoes that sometimes occur in the feeder bands--not especially damaging, usually. Your first question is the most important one: flood zone risk, which effectively includes "hurricane" risk.
 

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FWIW, as long as they don't completely botch their stormwater systems, they won't have flooding concerns. Here's the latest USGS topographic map for the area:

https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/topoview/viewer/#15/33.6140/-83.6859

Note that the larger creeks and the flood zones shown on the site plan are tens of feet below grade for where their buildings will be. It's a hilly area, like a lot of north Georgia, and they've clearly laid out the plan to be on the uphill parts of the site.
 

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It is marked in the pdf.

As far as hurricanes go, ATL is pretty far inland. The main issue would be flooding from extensive rainfall if a storm stalls over the area, like Harvey did to Houston.

SE side has water retention zones, hopefully they will design enough to account for that.
They have to file a NPDES Stormwater Management plan before they can turn one shovel of dirt, and it will be reviewed and approved by local and/or state authorities. For every square foot of "impermeable surface" they create (buildings, parking lots, roads, etc.) they have to provide on-site retention/management for that run-off. In projects that I have been involved with, that means enough retention for a once every 100 years megastorm. The Retention Ponds will be the first thing built.
 

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My initial reaction to the plan is: wow, there are homes in the rural area that in 2 years will have a 75' wall in their backyard. I of course have no idea what that region is like, but talk about throwing shade on someone!
 

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My initial reaction to the plan is: wow, there are homes in the rural area that in 2 years will have a 75' wall in their backyard. I of course have no idea what that region is like, but talk about throwing shade on someone!
I don't think many of the homes are close enough to feel like there will be a 75' wall in the backyard. Many of the homes south of 278 have some pretty dense tree cover at the rear of their lots that will shield them from Rivian's property. There are houses on Darel Dr. that will face the factory, but several of them will be buffered by the planned off-road/adventure trail and test track. The overall property is far larger than it appears in the PDF (try to make out one of the house's driveways to picture the scale relative to a car) so the building setbacks from the property line, especially the north/northwest side of the property is large.

It looks like anyone living on Old Mill Road on the east side of the property will have the worst of it, but it also appears that there are very few homes on that side. They will probably be closest to the 100' "minimum" setback distance.
 

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Anyone overlay the FEMA flood zone risk?
Also wonder about hurricane hazard. (Here in Illinois we just worry 'bout tornadoes, currently....😐)
 

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I don't think many of the homes are close enough to feel like there will be a 75' wall in the backyard. Many of the homes south of 278 have some pretty dense tree cover at the rear of their lots that will shield them from Rivian's property. There are houses on Darel Dr. that will face the factory, but several of them will be buffered by the planned off-road/adventure trail and test track. The overall property is far larger than it appears in the PDF (try to make out one of the house's driveways to picture the scale relative to a car) so the building setbacks from the property line, especially the north/northwest side of the property is large.

It looks like anyone living on Old Mill Road on the east side of the property will have the worst of it, but it also appears that there are very few homes on that side. They will probably be closest to the 100' "minimum" setback distance.
No one that lives here wants this thing. It will be built on top over a valuable water recharge table that provides well water to half the residents. We are devastated that this seemed to happen overnight and without any warning. This town loves and is proud of this old town feel and quietness. We can see every single star at night. Kids can play and run anywhere and still feel safe…. It will wipe out wildlife and cause major water runoff issues down stream
 

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No one has done anything regarding water management, ecological surveys, etc.. here they just pushed through rezoning from agriculture and residential to industrial… there will be a big mess in the future
 

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It's about an hour or so from ATL so not too bad for being out in the boondocks.
So stay out of the boondocks. We don’t want this thing here at all. It will devastate the ground water, wildlife, and rivers downstream. My community was just hit with all this about three weeks ago, and we are up in arms about why our local government officials would do such a nasty under handed and secretive thing.
 
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So stay out of the boondocks. We don’t want this thing here at all. It will devastate the ground water, wildlife, and rivers downstream. My community was just hit with all this about three weeks ago, and we are up in arms about why our local government officials would do such a nasty under handed and secretive thing.
I’m sorry that you feel that way. But nothing, about this project is as you describe it, nor is this the place for you to advocate against it.

if you are that concerned, I’d advise you to work constructively with Rivian to provide oversight of their presence, and advise them on how they can speak to your concerns.

Nobody is going to find it remotely plausible that a company who’s entire existence is predicated on coexisting with nature and environmental protection is going to destroy the environment.

…and people on this forum have been talking about Rivian locating there for months. Not sure why you or your neighbors thinks it was such a secret.
 
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