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Future of Lake Lanier to be discussed this week in Gainesville
Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier’s future will be discussed in four public hearings this month set in communities around the lake.

The corps will hold its Gainesville presentation from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will update the public on its work to revise the lake’s master plan — a comprehensive tool that guides the Army Corps’ management of the lake. The update to the master plan includes a recreation capacity study, which will lay out the “current and future recreational needs and capacity” on the lake.

Meetings will include a briefing from the Army Corps.

Lake Lanier master plan public meeting schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4-8 p.m.

Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway NE, Buford

Thursday, Feb. 15, 4-8 p.m.

Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4-8 p.m.

Forsyth County, Central Park Banquet Room, 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming

Thursday, Feb. 22, 4-8 p.m.

Dawson County, Kilough Elementary, 1063 Kilough Church Road, Dawsonville

The corps began its recreation capacity study in October 2017 and will finish it before the end of the year. More public meetings will be held when it’s concluded, and the overall update to the master plan will be released by the end of 2019.

An environmental assessment will be performed at the same time, according to the corps.

Some Gainesville voices are hoping the study and update to the master plan will open the door to more development near the lake. Representatives from Vision 2030 — a project of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce focusing on long-term growth of the area — are planning to attend the meeting in Gainesville.

Elizabeth Higgins, executive director of Vision 2030, said on Wednesday that her group plans to lobby for the Harbor Town project. The project would develop land on the northern end of Lake Lanier as a “major mixed-use community on Lake Lanier, with restaurants, an amphitheater and commercial, retail and residential space,” according to the description of the project.

Higgins said her group will be on hand to “voice our encouragement for allowing a multi-use area on the north end of the lake.” She also said Harbor Town remains a work in progress.

That work is led by Tim Knight, of Knight Commercial Real Estate, who along with Carroll Daniel Construction is about to launch a massive development project in downtown Gainesville.

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