Camden to sell water to South Mills


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

CAMDEN — Camden County officials last week approved a new plan to sell water in bulk to the South Mills Water Association.

The plan, approved by the Camden County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Feb. 4, sets a price of $6.17 for 1,000 gallons a day for two years and calls for the county to provide 150,000 gallons a day to the South Mills Water Association. The water is intended to serve residents east of N.C. 343, including Camden Plantation and the Commerce Park, and provide adequate water pressure for fire suppression.

The agreement also increases the amount of water provided to the South Mills Water Association to 200,000 gallons a day once Camden Plantation Phase One begins.

“As for the Camden Plantation project, SMWA and South Camden will divide the tap fees evenly when the developer pays for the meters,” according to the proposed agreement.

The agreement is subject to approval by the South Mills Water Association. Craig Carey, president of the South Mills Water Association, did not comment on the proposal by the deadline for this story.

Plans for development of the long-awaited Camden Plantation mixed-use subdivsion at the northern end of Camden County are largely driving the proposed agreement. Work on Camden Plantation is expected to start this spring, once Virginia Beach, Va.-based developer Boyd Homes has secured the necessary permits from all governing agencies.

The first work to be done will be land-clearing and development of the golf course. While building the golf course will be a two- to three-year process, the company may begin building homes while the course is under construction.

Camden Plantation is designed as a mixed-use or “smart growth” community that developers say will allow its residents to eat, sleep, entertain and exercise in the community they live in. Commercial development planned at the site includes a chain grocery store, retail shops, restaurants, a hair salon, bank and a gas station.

The residential and commercial development will both be completed in phases. The developer is currently considering a 100-lot residential subdivision to be developed initially along with the golf course.

Of course, that’s only a sliver of the 1,800 homes ultimately envisioned for Camden Plantation, including condominiums, townhomes, manor homes and cottage homes.