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Why officials are opposing drug-alcohol treatment home proposed in South Hall
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A proposal for a substance abuse residential treatment center on this location off Benefield Road in South Hall County has been withdrawn. - photo by Jeff Gill

A residential substance abuse treatment center is being proposed off Benefield Road in southeast Hall County.

Phyllis Roshan is set to ask the Hall County Planning Commission Monday, May 20, to rezone property at 4420 Benefield Road from agricultural-residential to planned office development.

The application calls for renovating an existing residence into a 24/7 rehabilitation center and construction of two additions for a total size of 72,600 square feet.

“The goal is to operate as a residential detoxification, treatment for substance abuse, and alcohol and drug addiction facility,” the Hall County planning staff report says. “The facility will provide multiple treatment programs, including therapy, 12-step recovery, chronic pain recovery, as well as drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation.”

Ten to 12 people will be receiving residential treatment at any given time, and the length of the stay will “vary on a case-by-case basis,” according to the report.

The center would be north of Winder Highway/Ga. 53 near Road Atlanta.

County officials are recommending the planning board deny the project, saying it doesn’t fit the county’s land-use comprehensive plan, nor does it fit other uses that would not encroach upon neighborhoods.

“The proposed development does not fit the description of a civic benefit under the residential designation in the Comprehensive Plan,” the planning report says.

The planning board can only give initial approval or denial. The final decision rests with the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which is scheduled to hear the matter on June 13.

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Rezoning for residential substance abuse treatment center

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 20

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville