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5 things to know before Thursday’s Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting
Board to vote on trucking terminal, warehouse, brunch bill
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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

Commissioners will vote Thursday on a trucking terminal and the business license for a Clermont business, earlier alcohol sales for restaurants on Sundays, schedule changes for 2019 meetings and an industrial development in Alto.

Hulsey Environmental Services truck terminal and business license

Hulsey Environmental Services, a business on Cleveland Highway in Clermont, is appealing the Hall County Planning Commission’s denial of the business’ request to build a trucking terminal on its property.

The terminal would hold up to 10 trucks at a time. Hulsey uses enclosed trucks to transport waste and byproducts from clients’ businesses, including restaurants and poultry plants. According to the business’ application with the county, the trucks would be empty when arriving at the Clermont property.

On Nov. 5, 2018, the planning commission denied the request. The business had previously received several citations for having trucks parked on the property, a violation of the terms of its business license.

After commissioners vote on the trucking terminal, Hulsey’s business license will go up for a vote and possibly be revoked.

Clermont residents have said they notice an odor and believe Hulsey is to blame. A large group of neighbors attended the Nov. 5 meeting to express opposition to the truck terminal.

Industrial development near Habersham County line

Commissioners will vote Thursday on a 490,000-square-foot industrial development about 900 feet from the Habersham County line in Alto.

The Hall County Planning Commission unanimously denied Falcon Design Consultants’ request in August, saying they did not have enough information about the development to decide if it would work in the area.

Dale Hall of Falcon Design Consultants said in August that the property on Cornelia Highway would likely be used for light warehousing, but a client was still being secured for the property. Hall did not respond to inquiries for an update on Monday and Tuesday.

Srikanth Yamala, the county’s planning director, said Tuesday that the county had not heard any updates on the request.

The 204-acre property would be rezoned from agricultural residential to light industrial.

Commissioners have tabled the item several times since August at the applicant’s request.


Earlier Sunday alcohol sales

Commissioners will be voting on whether restaurants in the county can start serving alcohol earlier on Sundays, a change approved by voters in November.

A state law passed in 2018 allows counties and municipalities to put an item on ballots asking voters whether restaurants should be permitted to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m., rather than 12:30 p.m., on Sundays. In November, 63 percent of county voters said they would approve of the change.

Early sales would start on Feb. 3, the same date as Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

The first reading of the new ordinance was on Jan. 10, but no one spoke in favor of or against the rule change at that hearing.


Meeting schedule changes

Due to time conflicts with commissioners, several changes are being proposed to the 2019 meeting schedule:

  • Reschedule the Feb. 14 voting meeting for Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Reschedule the March 25 work session for March 26 at 3 p.m.
  • Reschedule the April 25 voting meeting for April 23 at 6 p.m.
  • Reschedule the June 27 voting meeting for June 25 at 6 p.m.

Commissioners will vote on the changes Thursday.


South Hall subdivision

Pulte Homes has asked to table its application for a subdivision near Braselton.

Commissioners will vote Thursday to table the request until the first meeting in February.

Pulte is requesting to build a 195-lot subdivision off Union Church Road, a proposal approved by the Hall County Planning Commission on Jan. 7, but only after the commission reduced the size to 151 homes.

The planning board had concerns about the original density of the subdivision, which was 3.3 homes per acre, and recommended a lower density of 2.57 units per acre.

Neighbors agreed on Jan. 7 that the proposed density was too high.

Brian Rochester, an engineer representing Pulte, said the neighborhood would be marketed to people 55 and older.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24

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