The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday rather than Thursday this week, and the agenda includes a vote on the next fiscal year’s county budget, as well as votes on several developments. Reveille, a multi-use development in South Hall, is set to be tabled.
Budget and rolled back millage rate
Commissioners will be voting Tuesday on the county’s budget, which includes a rolled back millage rate, for the next fiscal year that begins July 1.
The proposed general fund millage rate is 5.098 mills, down from the current rate of 5.36 mills. One mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value.
The total budget is $276.7 million, a 2.5% increase from the current year. Hall has seen revenues go up from some taxes, including property taxes, sales taxes and the title ad valorem tax.
Some of the capital projects included in the budget are fire station renovations and the reopening of Murrayville Park. Other investments include hiring five new deputies for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and two new kennel workers at the Hall County Animal Shelter, as well as giving county employees a 2% salary raise and a 1% increase in their retirement matches.
The budget is available on the Hall County website.
Boat and RV storage business in Flowery Branch
A boat and RV storage business that was approved by the Hall County Planning Commission but has been opposed by Flowery Branch officials will go before commissioners Tuesday.
Foster Rd Inc. is requesting that the 12-acre spot at 6127 Lights Ferry Road, at the intersection with McEver Road, be rezoned from agricultural residential to highway business.
The property is currently occupied by a house built in 1935 and three barns. Plans for the site include 410 covered storage spaces and an office building.
The Hall County Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning on June 3. However, the county’s planning staff has recommended the request be denied, a move that Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew said he agreed with on Thursday.
He said the site has a prime location that could be better used.
“We always thought about the possibility of McEver Road … functioning more as a neighborhood shopping kind of district,” Andrew said. “Neighborhood commercial doesn’t contemplate RV and boat storage. It really looks to have more smaller retail and restaurant type of developments that would … interact better with the neighborhood areas developing along this corridor.”
The property is not too far from downtown Flowery Branch and is about a mile from Flowery Branch City Hall.
Agri-entertainment venue in North Hall
A North Hall barn could be used as a venue for weddings and other events, if commissioners approve the idea Tuesday.
Michelle Gibbs wants to turn the barn at 5586 Ransom Free Road in Clermont into an “agri-entertainment” venue. The 28,500-square-foot barn is attached to a home on the property.
Planners have attached conditions to the proposal, including that outdoor activities including “amplification of voice, music or other instruments” will not be allowed. Events can be held between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and no later than 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The planning commission recommended approval on June 3.
Small wireless facilities ordinance
Commissioners will also vote on an ordinance that will regulate “small wireless facilities,” or equipment like antennas, in the public right of way.
Under the ordinance, any new, modified or replaced pole on a right of way zoned residential cannot be more than 50 feet tall. In areas that are not zoned residential, poles must be 50 feet or shorter, or within 10 feet in height of the highest pole within a 500-foot radius, whichever is higher.
The county ordinance is a response to Senate Bill 66, which passed earlier this year and encourages companies to put this equipment on existing poles.
The technology could expand access to broadband or 5G technology.
The planning commission recommended approval of the ordinance on June 3.
After being tabled on June 13, Reveille, a large mixed-use development off Old Winder Highway in South Hall, will likely be tabled again this week.
Srikanth Yamala, the county’s planning and development director, said the applicant had requested to table the proposal. Commissioners will vote to table it at Tuesday’s meeting.
The 509-acre development would have almost 2,000 homes, as well as 482,415 square feet of retail space, 1,969 residential units, 8.4 acres of outparcels and a 175-unit hotel.
The project is a revised version of River Walk, a development approved in 2016 that would have featured a man-made river. In addition to the river, a theater, convention center, grocery store and one of two hotels have been cut from the new plans.
The Hall County Planning Commission recommended approval on May 20.
Hall County Board of Commissioners
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville