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Mixed-use development on hold until wastewater plan settled

POSTED: December 9, 2013 7:39 p.m.

The future of a proposed large development remains uncertain until Hall County commissioners have a clearer understanding of how the wastewater will be handled.

Barker Street LLC has requested 476 acres at the intersection of Cornelia Highway and Chiplan Road in East Hall be rezoned for a mixed-use development including commercial office space, single-family homes, townhouses and an apartment complex.

There would also be a sizable strip mall and outdoor space with a trail system and other recreational offerings.

The issue of rezoning was brought up at the Board of Commissioners’ Monday work session. Commissioners had initially planned to vote on the rezoning at their Thursday meeting.

The problem, Chairman Richard Mecum said, is there is currently no infrastructure in place to transport wastewater from the proposed community to the Gainesville sewer system.

“We have not gotten a coherent agreement between the Barker Street folks about how to do that,” Mecum said. “We need to sit down and clarify that. Once we have that clarified, then probably we’ll have a pump station (in the development).

“But I can’t say, ‘Yes, we approve of it,’ and not have all of that settled,” he added.

The proposed development is across Ga. 365 from the Gateway Industrial Centre.

The Times previously reported there is land set aside for a wastewater plant, but size or capacity has not been set.

Hall Public Works and Utilities Director Ken Rearden had previously said a pump station would cost the county much less in both money and time.

“(It) will cost somewhere around a million dollars to build a pump station to handle 750,000 gallons a day,” he had said. “And a plant would cost somewhere around $10 to $12 million.”

A public hearing on the rezoning may still take place at the 6 p.m. Thursday meeting, but Mecum said that may be tabled as well.

The Hall County Planning Commission approved the proposal earlier this month.


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