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Changes coming to Chateau Elan resort — and they involve a lot of rooftops
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Chateau Elan's lush grape vineyard surrounds the winery Thursday, June 20, 2019. - photo by Scott Rogers

A flood of new housing may be coming soon to a popular resort just outside Hall County.

Plans for 68 townhomes and 55 detached single-family homes on nearly 50 acres at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton were approved Monday, Sept. 9, by the Braselton Town Council.

A map of the project shows 44 townhomes splitting the resort’s vineyards off Golf Club Drive, which juts off Tour de France Drive and leads to the Hampton Inn & Suites Braselton on the resort.

Tour de France Drive also is the main entrance to the resort off Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 at Interstate 85, about 2 miles from South Hall.

The rest of the townhomes and the detached houses would be built off Pinot Noir Drive, where a golf course is now located, the map shows. Pinot Noir Drive is also off Old Winder Highway.

Chateau Elan officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

“These units are intended to be a ‘Chateau Elan’ branded product, targeted to active adult buyers,” according to the resort’s application for a change to the planned unit development zoning now in place for the 3,500-acre property.

The applicants believe “a large percentage of these homes will be sold to existing Chateau Elan residents looking to downsize but remain in the neighborhood close to friends and social networks.”

The zoning change “will allow for the redevelopment of property that is no longer viable in its current form,” according to the application.

“By working with existing features on the property, the residential communities will be a new, attractive opportunity for smaller homes (close) … to existing and proposed commercial and residential development.”

Chateau Elan is otherwise going through $25 million in resort renovations expected to be completed in November.

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