Hall County Planning Commission
What: Proposed rezoning for a 16-acre commercial development near Lula
When: 5:15 p.m. Monday
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
A Bojangles’ restaurant and other retail are proposed at Lula Road/Ga. 52 and Ga. 365 near Lula.
Gainesville-based Hornet Development wants to redevelop one corner of the busy crossroads, rebuilding and expanding a travel center at the site and adding two restaurants, including the 4,000-square-foot fast-food chicken eatery.
Hornet is scheduled to ask the Hall County Planning Commission Monday for rezoning to allow the nearly 16-acre development.
The planning commission's recommendation will be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action at a public hearing set for Oct. 27.
The project also includes a truck fueling center and 44,500 square feet in retail space.
The possibility of even more development is hinted at in a Hall planning staff report.
“The applicant proposes access to the adjacent property to the northeast to provide connection in the event of future development of the neighboring parcel,” the report says.
Hornet is seeking two entrances to the property from Ga. 52 and proposes moving the existing entrance off Ga. 365 farther north of its current location.
The intersection has some development already in place.
And the county’s comprehensive plan “identifies the area around the intersection … as a regional retail node,” the staff report says.
The regional commercial zone could have up to 1 million square feet of buildings and sites covering 100-plus acres.
“The (Ga. 365) corridor provides a unique opportunity to (feature) retail centers for the surrounding rural areas,” the report states.
The intersection also is close to Lula, where city officials have been discussing recently the need to address approaching growth.
“We need to start prioritizing things and putting them in place,” City Manager Dennis Bergin told Lula City Council during a retreat in August.
“(Ga.) 365 sewer is a must, when I see what’s happening a little south of here,” Mayor Milton Turner said.
Bergin said the city is looking at a plan to phase in sewer throughout its service area, then approach property owners and say, “Let me show you how your property would be served by sewer — all utilities for that matter.”
“That (effort) is going to be a real benefit to us,” Bergin said.