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4 things planning commission will consider Nov. 5: South Hall subdivisions, agritourism venue, truck terminal
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The Hall County Planning Commission will vote Monday on two South Hall subdivisions, a Gainesville agritourism venue and a truck terminal at a business in Clermont.

A 519-acre industrial development in North Hall off Ga. 365 had originally been scheduled for a vote on Monday, but the applicant has requested to table the proposal.

Hall County Planning Commission

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5

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

279-lot subdivision in Flowery Branch

A 279-home neighborhood may be coming to Ponderosa Farm Road at the intersection with LJ Martin Drive.

The 121-acre property would be rezoned from agricultural residential to planned residential development.

According to the application with the county, the subdivision could be either age-restricted or traditional family homes. Completion is expected by 2023.

Planning staff is recommending approval. The planning commission’s recommendation will go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final vote on Dec. 13.

195-lot subdivision in Braselton

Pulte Homes is applying to build a 195-lot “age-targeted” subdivision on Union Church Road in Braselton.

The approximately 59-acre lot would be zoned from agricultural residential to planned residential development.

Ranch homes in the neighborhood would be at least 1,500 square feet and other homes would be at least 2,000 square feet.

Adjacent properties include other subdivisions and agricultural uses. Planning staff is recommending approval.

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

Agri-entertainment venue on Smith Mill Road

Cool Springs Blueberry Farm on Smith Mill Road in Gainesville wants to start hosting more events and has applied to become an agri-entertainment venue.

For the past eight years, the farm has been open for a few weeks each year for customers to pick their own berries. For the rest of the year, the property has been closed to the public.

If the 5-acre farm becomes an agri-entertainment venue, activities could include fall and spring festivals, movie nights, farmers markets, summer camps and weddings.

Maximum capacity for all events would be 80 to 120 people, according to the application with the county.

Jason Harper, the owner of the farm, said in a letter submitted to the county that the farm’s limited opening times create a revenue challenge. He moved to Smith Mill Road two years ago and purchased the farm in August.

Planning staff is recommending approval. The planning commission’s recommendation will go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final vote on Dec. 13.

Truck terminal at Clermont plumbing business
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Husley Environmental Services may get its business license revoked after issues with parking trucks at its Clermont offices, pictured here Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele
Hulsey Environmental Services on Cleveland Highway in Clermont wants to add a truck terminal that would hold up to 10 trucks.

Hulsey is a plumbing and environmental services business that uses enclosed trucks to transport waste and byproducts from other businesses, including poultry plants and restaurants. According to the application with the county, the trucks would be empty when arriving at the Clermont property.

Residents in Clermont say they have noticed an odor and believe that Hulsey, which relocated there in May from Calvary Church Road in Gainesville, is the source.

Hulsey has received four citations for having trucks parked at the property, a violation of one of the conditions of the company’s business license. Its business license had been up for a vote at the Hall County Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 25 meeting, but now the business license vote will wait until after the vote on Hulsey’s truck terminal application.

Planning staff has recommended approval of the truck terminal.

The planning commission’s vote will be the final action on the terminal, unless there is an appeal.


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