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

On Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on townhomes on Spout Springs Road and a road closure near Healan’s Head’s Mill in North Hall.

While several other items had been scheduled for a vote on Thursday, they are expected to be tabled until a later time.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

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

Spout Springs Road townhomes

New townhomes may be going in at a previously approved subdivision on Spout Springs Road, pending commissioners’ approval Thursday.

The 138-acre subdivision near Spout Springs Elementary School would have 187 single-family homes and 144 townhomes. The single-family homes were approved by commissioners in 2016, so the request Thursday is to add townhomes to the development.

The Hall County Planning Commission recommended approval of the subdivision on Oct. 15. Two neighbors spoke at that meeting, telling the planning commission that they were worried about traffic in the area.

The neighborhood is on the section of Spout Springs Road that would be widened in phase two of a project that will make the two-lane road in South Hall four lanes. Planning commissioners approved the request under the condition that Clayton Properties Group, the applicant, gets a traffic study done.

Whitehall Road closure

Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether to abandon and close about half a mile of right of way on Whitehall Road in North Hall to prepare for Healan’s Head’s Mill to become the site of a county park.

Some residents on Whitehall Road would need to take an alternate route to get to Ga. 365, adding about one and a half miles to their trips, according to Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix.

Nix said the county did a traffic study in the last week of October and found that an average of 34.5 vehicles used the route in a 24-hour period.

Nix said the road currently has an inadequate shoulder and needs to be widened. Improvements need to be made so the area is safer for pedestrians when the park opens, he said.

While some residents had concerns about the road closure at an Oct. 25 meeting, Nix said he has been speaking with residents and some of them are changing their minds.

No homes will be blocked off by the road closure, Nix said.

Industrial development near Habersham line may be tabled

The applicant for a large industrial development in Alto near the Habersham County line has asked that the vote on the development be tabled. Commissioners had been scheduled to vote on the proposal on Thursday.

Falcon Design Consultants, an engineering firm with offices in Stockbridge and Cumming, wants to develop a 204-acre property on Cornelia Highway. Dale Hall, the company’s vice president of development, said in August that details were still being finalized with potential clients for the site.

Srikanth Yamala, Hall County’s planning director, said Monday that he received a call from Falcon Design Consultants with a request to table the item. Developers are in contact with the city of Lula about sewer and water service.

Commissioners will need to vote on the request to table the item on Thursday, and it could be tabled to either December or January.

Hulsey business license hearing to be tabled

Commissioners had been scheduled to hold a public hearing on the business license for Hulsey Environmental Services in Clermont, which has been cited for violating the terms of its business license by having trucks parked on the property.

The business on Cleveland Highway had applied to have a truck terminal on its property for up to 10 trucks, a request that was denied by the planning commission on Nov. 5. Hulsey is appealing that decision, and the appeal will go before commissioners on Dec. 13.

Hulsey’s business license will go up for a vote after a decision has been made about the truck terminal.

Clermont residents say Hulsey is to blame for an odor they have been noticing for the past few months. Hulsey works with clients, including poultry plants and restaurants, to process byproducts. Jim Walters, Hulsey’s attorney, has said that any trucks parked at the Clermont site would have already been emptied.