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Gainesville planning board approves land annexation for Hydro expansion
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Hydro may expand its Gainesville plant, and the company's annexation and zoning request will go before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board Tuesday. - photo by Scott Rogers

Hydro’s extrusion plant on Old Oakwood Road in Gainesville got approval from the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board Tuesday to annex about 22 acres of land into the city for a future expansion.

Board member Carmen Delgado recused herself from the vote, and all other board members were in favor of the request.

The plant manufactures, fabricates and finishes aluminum products, and attorney Donnie Hunt, who spoke on behalf of the company Tuesday, said Hydro employs about 400 people locally.

The two properties are located on either side of the Hydro plant, which was built in 1986 and annexed into the city in 1990 for sewer. The land would also be zoned light industrial under the request.

Hunt said Hydro has been interested in the properties for a while, and now the land is on the market. The company does not have immediate plans for expansion, he said.

No one spoke in opposition to the request at a public hearing Tuesday.

One of the conditions of the approval is that when Hydro does develop the land, site plans will need to be submitted to the city for a public hearing before the Planning and Appeals Board.

The planning board’s recommendation will now go to the Gainesville City Council for a vote on Nov. 6.

Gainesville City Council

When: 5: 30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway