An East Hall couple got the initial OK Tuesday night to turn its scenic homestead into a wedding and events venue.
But the Hall County Planning Commission’s recommendation came with a strict condition — no concerts.
When Todd Jordan said he hasn’t faced any opposition from neighbors to his plans, planning board Chairman Don Smallwood told Todd and Becky Jordan: “You won’t have any opposition until you crank up the music about 12 o’clock on Saturday night.”
“I know the hours say midnight, but we’re going to actually ask that (customers) stop the music before midnight,” said Jordan’s wife, Becky Jordan. “When we say midnight, we mean we want you to be packed up and gone.”
The Jordans are requesting a rezoning that would turn their 17 acres off Old Cornelia Highway, north of Joe Chandler Road, into an “agricultural entertainment” venue, where weddings, family reunions and corporate meetings can be held.
Proposed hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Hall planning staff is recommending approval of the proposal based on several conditions.
“Wedding receptions and other outdoor events may have unamplified music outdoors, with limited amplification permitted during wedding ceremonies,” the staff report states.
The Jordans say in a Hall County document supporting its proposal that they don’t plan “to host huge events at our facility.
“It is our intention that the events we host at our facility be limited to 175 participants. The location and facilities lend themselves to more intimate gatherings.”
The couple added: “Our marketing efforts will be in line with this intention. It should be remembered that this property is now and will remain primarily our home.”
Also, a 20-square-foot sign has been requested at the entrance to the property, which has two structures — the couple’s home and a 3,120-square-foot metal outbuilding, dubbed “the barn” because of its rustic touches.
The property, which straddles the Oconee River, also features “a gravel parking lot that will afford parking easily accessible to the barn,” according to the couple.
“The rolling topography and natural beauty of the land, graced with a large flowing creek, also affords a number of beautiful places for wedding and family photography,” the couple has said.
The recommendation now goes to the Hall Board of Commissioners for final action at a public hearing set for Sept. 22.
If the proposal is approved, the Jordans would have to make some improvements to enable the venue to hold events.
“But it’s nothing major,” Todd Jordan has said.