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Board of Commissioners chairman: Adjusted film ordinance a good balance
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Hall County Board of Commissioners

Work session

When: 3 p.m. Monday

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

Voting meeting

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

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

After an earlier proposed Hall County ordinance setting rules for film production crews drew concerns for being too restrictive, Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Higgins said the version his board will consider this week should both protect residents and not scare off the film industry.

The commissioners have a work session at 3 p.m. Monday and a voting meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, both at the Hall County Government Center, located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Stacey Dickson, president of the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, had raised concerns at the board’s March 9 meeting. After that meeting she told The Times the proposed fees of $500 per day for road closings and $1,500 per day for use of the Hall County Courthouse were too high compared with what she had seen charged by 15-16 other communities.

“We don’t want to give away the farm, but we don’t want to price ourselves out of business, either,” Dickson said at the time.

The ordinance was originally drafted after complaints from Hall residents about problems left behind — such as property damage — after Hollywood crews leave.

Higgins said Sunday the latest version draws upon what other communities are doing since Hall didn’t previously have a film ordinance.

“It’s a good balance between giving protection to citizens and the community, plus making it something that the film industry can live with,” Higgins said.

The Board of Commissioners chairman added that the ordinance provides the needed flexibility for the county to adjust as it goes along.

“We do have to have rules in place, make sure everything is done right,” Higgins said.