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Gainesville planning board recommends approval of nonprofit residential facility
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The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday, March 13, recommended approval of a rezoning request for a nonprofit residential facility to be constructed in the Dawsonville Highway corridor.

City Council will vote on the matter in April.

The projects calls for 15,000 square feet of office, support group space and residential facilities.

The facility would not serve as rehabilitation for substance abuse or serve criminal offenders.

Nearby residents raised concerns about increased traffic in the area resulting from the development. A traffic study is required in the recommendation the planning board approved.

Board officials also noted that the property is already zoned for residential and general business uses, meaning an even larger development could be built on the site.

“We can’t prevent it from being developed as it stands today,” board Chairman Doug Carter said.

Residents also asked for an environmental assessment to be made to determine impacts the facility might have on a natural spring that runs through the property.

And resident Sherry Kelley, who lives on property directly next to the proposed site, said she is concerned about stormwater retention and how a drinking water well on her property might be affected.

City Planning Manager Matt Tate said the full scope of the project and stormwater detention needs won’t be known until an engineering assessment is performed.