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230-home subdivision planned for Friendship Road
Hall County Government Center

Another 230 homes could be coming to Friendship Road in South Hall near Braselton.

Duluth-based Edge City Properties has applied for a rezone of more than 74 acres on the south side of Friendship Road near Heritage Crossing Drive on the far southern end of Hall County to build a new 233-lot subdivision called Trinity Falls, according to Edge City Properties’ application.

The rezone from agricultural-residential-III to planned residential development will be considered by the Hall County Planning Commission on Nov. 6. The property is in the 3000 block of Friendship Road.

The subdivision is so far south that 16 of the lots would be in Gwinnett County, and the entire subdivision would use Gwinnett water and sewer.

The minimum lot area would be 6,000 square feet, the average home price from $305,000 to $365,000 and the density would be 3.1 lots to an acre. 

Mike Dye, the principal of Edge City Properties, said on Friday that his company has been working on the design of the project for about 12 months. If the zoning process moves through as scheduled, the builders would break ground in April, Dye said.

He’s been developing property in the metro Atlanta area for 15 years, he said. This would be the company’s first development in Hall County.

“It’s hard to find large tracts of land where we can do master-plan communities like this. So I’m excited about Hall County,” Dye said.

He said the availability of sewer has been a bottleneck for development in the county, but with the area’s improving school system more development is bound to come into the county despite limited utilities.

If building begins in April, the project would be complete in three years. About 75 homes would be built each year by Century Communities.

The proposed lots are smaller than the minimum size recommended in the county’s comprehensive plan, according to the report from Hall County Planning and Zoning. More than a quarter of the 74 acres would be open space, including a playground, pool and cabana.

The traffic study included in the application states that an estimated 1,378 vehicle trips would be added to the area each day by residents of the subdivision.

Planning staff have recommended the project be approved with 13 conditions, which range from setting a minimum lot size to requiring that all homes be built with a garage and with brick or stone. Vinyl siding would be banned.

If the Planning Commission approves the rezone request, the rezone will go before the Hall County Board of Commissioners.