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3 things to know before Thursday’s Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting
Hall County Government Center

The county may evaluate the intersection of Capitola Farm Road and Spout Springs Road, two new subdivisions may be coming to Hall County and the new fire chief’s employment agreement will be set, following commissioners’ votes on Thursday.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.


Capitola Farm Road and Spout Springs Road intersection

Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether to conduct a traffic study at the intersection of Capitola Farm Road and Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

Residents will have to wait a few years, though — the county would do the study within 10 to 12 months of completion of the first phase of widening Spout Springs Road, which is set for 2022, according to Ken Rearden, the county’s director of public works.

People who live off of Capitola Farm Road, especially in the Sterling on the Lake subdivision, are concerned about traffic building up on Capitola Farm Road with growth in the area. Another town hall in August in Flowery Branch focused on the widening project, and residents there asked about how the intersection would be affected and what the county could do to cut down on traffic.

Rearden said community members have asked for a traffic signal and a break in the median at the intersection of Capitola Farm and Spout Springs Roads. The traffic study would help the county decide how to proceed after the county reacquires the road from the Georgia Department of Transportation when the widening project is done.

The vote is on the consent agenda, a set of items commissioners vote on collectively and routinely approve.


Two new subdivisions, hardware store up for a vote

Commissioners will vote on two proposed subdivisions, one at Price Road and Thompson Bridge Road and the other off of Mount Vernon Road. Both subdivisions were previously approved by the Hall County Planning Commission, although some residents were opposed.

Homebuilder DR Horton has requested to build a 136-home subdivision on a 48-acre lot on Price Road near its intersection with Thompson Bridge Road. The request includes rezoning from planned commercial development to planned residential development. An adjacent parcel has already been approved for 288 apartments, but those apartments are not part of the request commissioners will vote on Thursday.

Another subdivision with 23 homes has been proposed off of Mount Vernon Road near its intersection with Ben Parks Road. The planning commission recommended that the homes have a minimum of 2,000 square feet after some residents said the homes were smaller than others in the area.

Commissioners will also consider a new hardware store on Dawsonville Highway at Thursday’s meeting. A developer wants to build a 12,000-square-foot Ace Hardware at the intersection with Venture Drive. The site is currently home to a vacant motel. The planning commission recommended approval with the condition that the property would not have access on Venture Drive, after residents expressed traffic and safety concerns.


Employment agreement for new fire chief

Chris Armstrong was announced as Hall County’s new fire chief on Friday. Armstrong, the fire chief in Littleton, Colorado, will start his new job Oct. 29.

Commissioners will vote Thursday on Armstrong’s employment agreement, which puts his annual base salary at $135,000. Armstrong will receive performance evaluations at least annually, according to the agreement.

The employment agreement is on the consent agenda for Thursday.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13

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