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The Local Agenda: Gainesville planning board to hear zoning requests

POSTED: November 12, 2013 12:21 a.m.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board is scheduled today to hear three requests to vary setback requirements and one request for annexation.

Georgia Truss LLC has asked the city of Gainesville to annex more than 3.3 acres of land on the west side of Murphy Boulevard, south of its intersection with Browns Bridge Road. The company, which makes wood trusses, is also asking to vary a 75-foot-wide stream buffer for a proposed employee parking lot.

The company wants to build a new 20,000-square-foot warehouse, asphalt parking area and gravel storage yard.

The company recently bought the property from Challenged Child and Friends Inc. It’s asking for the property to become part of the city similar to its existing property at the location. Challenged Child helps kids with developmental delays and disabilities and is also located on Murphy Road.

The business’ current operations include an existing plant, parking lot and gravel yard for storage and truck movements.

Residents David and Mamie Coker are asking to vary the setback for the right side of the yard at 423 Prior St. to allow for a patio cover.

Resident Tennent Slack has requested a building setback variance at 1466 Heritage Road NE to add a carport.

Hall County may consider zoning change request

Hanson Aggregates Southeast LLC, which owns the Gainesville Quarry, is asking to rezone 113 acres from agricultural residential to heavy industrial so it can expand the quarry.

The rock quarry has existed since 1953, but has faced some opposition in expansion starting in the early 2000s.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Hall County Planning Commission approved the request last month 4-0, over residents’ objections. Planning Commissioner Craig Heighton recused himself, saying he had a conflict of interest because of his job as public affairs director at Georgia Transmission Corp.

Hanson’s rezoning attempt in 2003 led to denial by the board of commissioners. The company filed a lawsuit against the county, and the court sent it back for reconsideration. Residents again opposed a rezoning request from the company in 2010, and it withdrew the request several months later.

The current proposal includes several protection measures to reassure residents living nearby, including buffer zones, a chain link fence, groundwater monitoring wells and monitoring of ground vibration.

However, residents have complained the stone blasting at the quarry caused structural damage to their homes, and they said they worried about water well contamination. Wells are the primary source of water in the area.

Gainesville City Council to discuss grants

The Gainesville City Council is expected to hear about three grants benefiting the Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center, Public Works and the Community Development Department at its Thursday morning work session.

The community center offers volunteer income tax assistance, which a grant from the Internal Revenue Service helps pay for.

Stan Aiken, senior civil engineer with Public Works, is expected to present information on a fiscal year 2014 local road maintenance and improvement grant.

Also on the work session agenda is a 2014 Community Home Investment Program grant Housing Program Manager Chris Davis is scheduled to discuss with council members.

Sarah Mueller covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:

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