Hall County Planning Commission
When: 5:15 p.m. Monday
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
With 33 acres to maintain, Buford Corn Maze in South Hall County is looking to expand its offerings and extend its season.
“We have all this property and we just want to make better use of it, instead of just doing the 11 or 12 weeks that we’re open (per year),” co-owner Tina Beggs said.
In addition to a corn maze, the business at 4470 Bennett Road now can offer hayrides, a children’s play area, farm animals, a “haunted forest” attraction, and food and pumpkin sales.
The business wants to be able to offer numerous other attractions, including a music venue, mountain bike racing and farmers market, and hold corporate events, birthday parties and weddings, according to a county planning document.
“It’s just a laundry list of potential things,” Beggs said. “We might hit on a couple of them … that would work for us.”
As for the music venue, “we have a stage there and we would want to be able to use that,” Beggs said. “If we do music, it’ll be done by 10 (p.m.), and it’s not going to be loud … just acoustic, something simple like that.”
Buford Corn Maze is set to appear Monday before the Hall County Planning Commission to seek an expansion of the uses currently approved for the business under a special event license approved in 2012 .
A recent proposal for a wedding venue off Guth and JM Turk roads in South Hall drew opposition from neighbors, who were concerned the site might be too noisy.
Beggs said she planned to meet with neighbors and “fill them in” on their plans.
The maze’s season currently runs from Labor Day weekend to mid-November. County documents show the business wants to operate one additional weekend per month.
The only proposed new structure on the property is a roof over an expanded corn box. Also, the property would have permanent bathrooms and improved food facilities, documents show.
Otherwise, a concept plan shows a 75-car parking lot inside the property, 100-car lot along Bennett Road and 150-car lot along Friendship Road.
No access is planned off Friendship Road, which is under heavy construction as the Georgia Department of Transportation completes widening Ga. 347 from Interstate 985 to Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211. The road project’s completion date is June 30.