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75-acre West Hall subdivision proposal goes before Hall planners
A group will ask the Hall County Planning Commission to approve a rezoning that would make way for a 75-acre subdivision in West Hall. This is the view of where the subdivision would be from nearby T. Moore Road.

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Proposed rezoning for a 75-acre subdivision off Mountain View Road in West Hall

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday

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

A 75-acre subdivision is being proposed near Lake Lanier in West Hall.

“As far as a contract being signed for a deal, nothing has been done on that yet,” said Stan Bagwell, one of the property’s 10 owners. “But we’ve had some offers that require it to be rezoned.”

Bagwell is scheduled to ask the Hall County Planning Commission Monday for a residential rezoning that would allow the development to go forward.

The property would be off Mountain View Road, west of McEver Road and just north of Army Corps of Engineers property off Lanier.

The lots would be about 1 acre each, and the developer has indicated the subdivision may have 40-60 lots, according to the county staff report.

No amenities are planned at this point.

“Subdivision amenities are subject to the approval of the Hall County Planning Commission,” the report says. “If any are proposed during the development, phase approval must be sought.”

Three homes and an old chicken house now on the property would “be removed for the proposed future subdivision,” the report states. “The remainder of the parcel consists of pasture and timberland.”

Hall County planners are recommending approval of the rezoning request, but with numerous conditions, including that no more than 60 lots could be developed and that lots would have no direct access to Mountain View Road.

Mountain View is a busy two-lane artery that runs from Gainesville to Lake Lanier. It ends at Balus Park off Lake Lanier, just west of the proposed subdivision.

“I’m concerned with where the (subdivision) entrance is going to be … and all the extra traffic,” said Sandy Yelverton, who lives off nearby T. Moore Road.

“Mountain View is a very curvy road,” she said. “There are a lot of boaters, a lot of recreational traffic. It’s just a dangerous area to be putting in that large of a subdivision, from a traffic standpoint.”

The planning board’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action set for Nov. 10.

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