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Hall County work session includes two big projects

POSTED: December 21, 2007 5:03 a.m.

Two major developments in the northern part of the county that have drawn opposition from several local residents are on the agenda for this afternoon’s work session planned by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

Rochester & Associates is proposing either a 70-lot single-family subdivision or a 54-lot age-restricted subdivision on 53.8 acres at Hiawatha Drive and Tomacheche Trail.

United Central Investments has planned a massive development on 418 acres on the north side of Price Road at Dudley Hill Road. The project includes 608 homes, a day care center, boat storage and multiple office/retail centers.

The county planning board recommended approval of both projects during a meeting last month, despite opposition from several residents.

According to Hall County Planning Director Randy Knighton, most residents objected to the Rochester & Associates project because of traffic impact.

The project proposed by United Central Investments has come before the planning board and been delayed numerous times. Though Knighton said residents were mainly concerned about the size and magnitude of the development, it has been cut down in terms of its overall size since it was first proposed.

Originally, developers wanted to build 1,242 homes on 680 acres. Now they are asking to build 608 homes on 418 acres.

Residents also had concerns about increased traffic on Price Road, Knighton said.

Also on the agenda is the deal with the City of Gainesville concerning the former Hall County Detention Center property. Last week, Gainesville approved its part of the deal, which would involve buying the property for $4 million and leasing it back to the county.

The county also has on its agenda for this afternoon’s meeting discussions on the leasing of that property to a jail management firm.

The agreement, hammered out after months of negotiations, allows the county to receive income from the property for a period of time, and gives the city the assurance of the long-term control of the Midtown property, said Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler.

Other items on the work session agenda include:

First reading on amending an ordinance regulating tattoo parlors

Renewal of the race track and concert licenses for Lanier National Speedway

Purchase of various equipment

Various board and committee appointments

Commissioners don’t vote on items at the work session. The commission has a meeting set for 5 p.m. Thursday



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