An asphalt plant is proposed across from Myers Elementary School in southeast Hall County.
Marietta-based Baldwin Paving Co. is seeking to rezone the 10-acre site at 2677 Candler Road, off Roy Parks Road, to heavy industrial, with its application set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, Feb. 18.
The company wants to build an asphalt drum mix plant, which mixes rock, asphalt cement and various other fillers, according to a Hall County planning staff report.
Baldwin owns and operates six such plants in metro Atlanta.
“The plant would also serve as a location to store construction equipment when not in use, with equipment being stored inside an existing warehouse and outside on the lot,” the report states.
The most recent use of the property was for lumber sales, the report states.
The document says that asphalt manufacturing is a use permitted in a heavy industrial zone.
The property is now zoned heavy industrial and agricultural-residential.
“While we take no position for or against this proposed rezoning, we do have concerns about the traffic, particularly as it relates to our morning arrival times,” said Matt Cox, Hall County Schools’ executive director of facilities and construction, in a letter included in the report.
It’s clear some residents oppose the project.
One sign near the property urges residents to call Hall County “to say no” to the proposal.
Another sign reads, “We don’t need another asphalt plant here.”
The planning staff recommends approval of the rezoning, with several conditions.
Hall County Planning Commission
What: proposed rezoning for asphalt plant at 2677 Candler Road
When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville