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Gainesville: Northern Connector on planning groups agenda
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A planning group considering much-maligned proposed routes for the Northern Connector is set to discuss the road project at its meeting Tuesday.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center at 301 Main St., Gainesville.

Proposed routes for the four-lane road, which would connect Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 to Interstate 985, have drawn fire since they became public earlier this year — despite being very preliminary and set to be considered as part of a 2040 transportation plan.

Most of the criticism has revolved around the road’s potential impact on Lake Lanier and the Olympic venue at Clarks Bridge Park, as well as its effect on neighborhoods on the lake.

The connector prompted the formation of a grass-roots group, the Lake Lanier Community Preservation Association.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has voted to recommend that the planning organization remove the current connector routes from the project proposal.