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East Hall couple hopes to turn property into wedding venue
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Todd and Becky Jordan’s request to turn their barn into a venue to host events on their East Hall property will be heard by the Hall County Planning Commission on Sept. 6.

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Proposed rezoning for agri-entertainment venue at 3155 Old Cornelia Highway

When: 5:15 p.m. Sept. 6

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

An East Hall couple is hoping to turn its scenic homestead into a wedding venue.

Todd and Becky Jordan have requested 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.

“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 says in a Hall County document supporting its proposal.

The issue is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission Sept. 6.

“It is not our goal to host huge events at our facility,” said the couple. “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.

“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.”

Proposed hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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 also straddles the Oconee River, also features “a gravel parking lot that will afford parking easily accessible to the barn,” according to the couple.

In February 2014, the Hall County Marshal’s Office got a complaint that the Jordans — who bought the property in 2010 — were operating an event facility “without proper zoning or business licensing,” according to Hall planning department’s staff report.

“Upon notification of the violation, the applicants ceased operation and have been working with Hall County Development Services to bring the property into compliance,” the report states.

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 planning report states.

“I would like to have something where anybody who can play an instrument would come together and we would have kind of a picking and grinning or whatever,” Todd Jordan said.

The Hall Planning Commission's recommendation will be forwarded 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 said.

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