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Developer considering chunk of South Hall as part of 920-home development
364-acre active adult community proposed in Braselton
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The woods behind this car on Thompson Mill Road is where the proposed 364-acre, 920-home active adult community and Reunion will meet.

Public hearing

What: rezoning/annexation of 56 acres in South Hall for proposed Del Webb at Chateau Elan

When: 4 p.m. Thursday

Where: Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 State Route 53

Some 56 acres in South Hall County at the Gwinnett County line are being considered as part of a 364-acre, 920-home active adult community in Braselton.

PulteGroup, owner of Del Webb, which developed nearby Village at Deaton Creek off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 in South Hall, is asking Braselton to annex and rezone the acres so it can develop Del Webb at Chateau Elan.

The developer also is seeking nearly 17 acres in Gwinnett County. The remaining 291 acres are in Braselton and zoned as planned unit development, which would accommodate the development, Braselton planning director Kevin Keller said.

The Hall property, now designated as agricultural-residential, is off Spout Springs Road at the Gwinnett border and Thompson Mill Road across from Grand Reunion Drive, which leads to the sprawling Reunion subdivision.

Braselton Town Council is set to hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. Thursday on the proposal. The council could take a final vote Monday, Keller said.

Typically, towns and cities notify county governments when annexations are proposed.

Hall County hasn’t “provided us any objections or anything, so they had no comment,” Keller said.

Gwinnett sent a letter to Braselton basically saying it had no problems with the annexation, he added.

Reunion resident Brian Luders said he believes that the new subdivision’s connection with Reunion might have at least one benefit.

“The much-sought traffic light we have been repeatedly denied (at Grand Reunion and Friendship Road) will be quickly justified,” he said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has performed two studies at the intersection and determined a traffic light isn’t warranted.

Phyllis Mercer, a Deaton Creek resident frequently vocal on issues affecting the area, said she doubted that Deaton Creek residents “will have an issue since the concept is the same as our active adult community.”

The Chateau Elan development would feature a clubhouse, pool and other amenities, according to paperwork filed by PulteGroup.

And like Deaton Creek, the new subdivision would be in the thick of a new and burgeoning health care hub off Friendship Road, including the 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

Deaton Creek, which is built-out, has been an especially popular neighborhood over the years.

In 2013, Frank Norton, a Gainesville real estate executive and observer of development trends, noted that the subdivision was at the time the fastest-selling subdivision in the last three years in metro Atlanta.

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