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Commissioners deny Alto warehouse
Jeff Stowe 2013

A 490,000-square-foot warehouse in Alto on Cornelia Highway was unanimously denied by the Hall County Board of Commissioners Wednesday, because members of the board said they did not believe they had enough details to make an informed decision on the project.

The 204-acre property, which is 900 feet from the Habersham County line, would have been rezoned from agricultural residential to light industrial.

No one spoke in opposition to the development at Wednesday’s public hearing.

Dale Hall of Falcon Design Consultants, the engineering firm for the project, said a tenant for the property would only be finalized after rezoning, so he could not provide details about what company may eventually occupy the site. The facility would have been used for distribution, he said.

Lula had agreed to provide sewer service to the site, although sewer lines had not been constructed yet. Gainesville offered to provide water, but only if the developer built a 17,300-foot extension to meet the city’s water lines.

The development first came before the Hall County Planning Commission in August, where it was denied after planners said they wanted more details. It was tabled several times since then at the applicant’s request.

Commissioners also said Wednesday that they had to deny the request because they did not know enough about it.

“I’m not against this. It’s just it’s very vague, and we don’t know who the end user is going to be,” Commissioner Jeff Stowe said.

Commissioner Billy Powell agreed.

“We’re looking at viability and feasibility, and you’ve got over three miles to run water lines,” he said.  

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