Gainesville city officials signed off this week on an intergovernmental agreement that gives a green light to a 200-plus lot subdivision on a parcel that straddles Hall and Gwinnett counties.
By signing the agreement, Gainesville is stepping aside to let Gwinnett provide sewer and water to the project, although the parcel rests within the city’s water service area.
The Gainesville City Council unanimously approved the agreement at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
In advance of the vote, Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey explained the rationale for giving Gwinnett inroads into its water service area. Lackey said the 74-acre property, most of which is in South Hall, is the only property for which Hall County has no plans to serve now or in the future.
“Hall County has already agreed to waive their sewer district rights to Gwinnett County,” Lackey told the council during a work session last week. “So, even though we do have a new line down there on Friendship Road … we’re going to be good neighbors and play along to let Gwinnett do this. But we’ve made it clear that we’re not going to allow this on any of the other properties south of Friendship Road because the county has proven they do have plans to eventually serve those other properties with sewer.”
Duluth-based Edge City Properties Inc. purchased the 74-acre parcel from long-time Hall County resident Jimmy Williams, who said his family has owned the property for more than 90 years.
Michael Dye, a principal with Edge City Properties, presented the concept for the proposed single-family detached homes at a Hall County Planning Commission meeting earlier this month. He said the homes will be marketed at a price ranging from the low to mid-$300,000s.
Dye said the 233-lot development would include a community playground, pool and cabana.
Upon final approval of the plans, Dye said builders would break ground in April and complete the project in three phases over a three-year period.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to have a final say on the proposal at its Dec. 12 meeting.
Lackey assured the Gainesville City Council that the agreement with Gwinnett on the 74 acres will not set a precedent for that entire area.
“It will be the only area we do this on because of its unique settings,” he said.