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3 things to know before Hall County Board of Commissioners work session
Hall County Government Center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has a full agenda for its Monday work session, where commissioners will hear more about the items that they will vote on at the Thursday, Oct. 25 meeting.


Animal tethering ordinance

On Thursday, commissioners will hold a second reading and then vote on a proposed ban on unsupervised dog tethering. The ordinance would make it illegal for people to tether their dog outside, unless they stay with their pet.

The county’s current ordinance allows people to tether their dogs, as long as the dog can access food, water and shelter, and the tether cannot become tangled.

If the ordinance is passed, it would go into effect Nov. 1. An 18-day grace period has been proposed, during which residents would receive warnings rather than citation.

The proposed tethering ban is the result of a months-long study by the Hall County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, which included focus groups and an online survey asking the community for input, as well as a look at other municipalities’ tethering laws.

The city of Gainesville already has a tethering ban.


Industrial development near Habersham County line

Commissioners will consider the rezoning of about 204 acres of land on Cornelia Highway in Alto from agricultural residential to light industrial, a request unanimously denied by the Hall County Planning Commission in August.

Dale Hall of Falcon Design Consultants, the applicant for the project, said in August that the firm is still working on securing potential clients for the site and wants to focus on rezoning the property as a first step. The land would likely be used for light industrial warehousing, Hall said.

But both the planning commission and nearby residents wanted more information about the project so they could know what its impact would be.

The proposal had been set to go before the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 23 but was tabled at that time so the applicant could gather more details.


Disabled adult community in North Hall

The Christian mission group Adventures in Missions’ proposal to build a community for disabled adults on Bogus Road, which was unanimously denied by the planning commission, will now go before commissioners Thursday.

The 12-acre site, near Adventures in Missions’ current property, would house up to 48 intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in four homes, which would be staffed with care families. The community would start with four residents and gradually expand, according to Seth Barnes Jr. of Adventures in Missions.

Commission members and residents said Oct.1 that they liked the idea of a community for disabled adults but did not think Bogus Road was the right spot. The density of the project could change the character of rural North Hall, residents said, and traffic going in and out of the neighborhood could be a safety hazard.

Hall County Board of Commissioners work session

When: 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

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