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Flowery Branch to consider adding 141 acres
Hearing scheduled for annexation, rezoning requests
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Zoning hearing

What: Public hearing for rezoning and annexation applications
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 5517 Main St.
More info: 770-967-6371

A public hearing is planned for the annexation and rezoning of a large swath of unincorporated county land into Flowery Branch.

The landowner is proposing to build an industrial park, according to Planning and Community Development Director John McHenry.

“There are six parcels,” McHenry said about the land in question. “Two of them are currently in the city, so 38 acres are looking at being rezoned, and 141 acres are looking to be annexed and rezoned.”

“If you were going north on (Interstate) 985 and you went under Wade Orr (Road), then basically to the left it’s all trees and so forth as you drive up 985 ... basically, that parcel in there is what’s currently being annexed into the city.”

One of the properties already in the city is zoned as agricultural, while the other is residential.

The four parcels up for annexation are in unincorporated Hall County; all are currently zoned as agricultural residential within the county.

The land owner, identified in legal ads as Barry Conner, is seeking to rezone all properties as “M-1,” or light manufacturing and industrial.

“He’s looking to put business parks into those properties,” McHenry said. “It would be light industrial ... think along the lines of (business development) Tanners Creek.”

A representative of the property owner declined to comment prior to the public hearing and upcoming Oct. 16 meeting, when council members will cast their final votes on the rezoning and annexation requests.

Residents can listen to the plans and weigh in during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 5517 Main St. in downtown Flowery Branch.

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