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3 things to know before Monday's planning commission meeting
Industrial park, subdivision, distribution center on planners’ agenda
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A Gainesville company is proposing a 519-acre, mostly industrial development off Ga. 365, north of White Sulphur Road and across from Gateway Industrial Centre. - photo by Jeff Gill

Three developments — an over 500-acre industrial park, a 72-home subdivision and a 380,000-square-foot distribution center — will go before the Hall County Planning Commission for a public hearing and a vote on Dec. 3.

 

North Hall industrial park

A 522-acre industrial park could be coming to North Hall off of Cornelia Highway on Chiplan Drive, if the project is approved by officials.

 According to plans submitted to the county, the development could also have offices, indoor and outdoor testing spaces, retail and warehouses. A future public safety facility and wastewater treatment plant are also being considered for the site.

The property is near Healan’s Head’s Mill and is across from the Gateway Industrial Center, which houses Kubota Manufacturing of America.

Planning staff is recommending approval.

The land is currently zoned agricultural residential, planned residential development and planned commercial development, but it would be rezoned to planned industrial development if the request is approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 13.

Plans for the site have been adapted from a previously approved 476-acre mixed use development. Gateway Village was first proposed in 2014 and would have had 186 single-family homes, 310 apartments and townhomes and about 600,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission has also seen plans for the site because it is a “development of regional impact.” The GMRC found no negative inter-jurisdictional impacts, or no potential conflicts between municipalities.

The planning commission’s recommendation will then go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final vote on Dec. 13.

 

Subdivision on Price Road

The planning commission will also consider a 72-home subdivision on Price Road at the intersection with Thomas Road.

The 99-acre subdivision would require rezoning of the land from agricultural residential to residential. According to the planning staff’s report for the request, the neighborhood would have a density of 0.8 units per acre, which is consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan that is used to guide growth and development.

Planning staff is recommending approval. The planning commission’s recommendation will go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 10.

 

Distribution center on Athens Highway

The intersection of Athens Highway and Roy Parks Road, near Sugar Hill Elementary School and Eskimo Cold Storage, could be getting a 380,000-square-foot distribution warehouse.

The approximately 35-acre property would be rezoned from agricultural residential to light industrial. Planning staff is recommending approval.

The facility would distribute dry goods and possibly food, but not refrigerated or frozen products.

According to the planning staff’s report for the request, the distribution center would be consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan.

County commissioners will hear the planning commission’s recommendation and cast a final vote on Jan. 10.

Hall County Planning Commission

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

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

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