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Vote delayed on 128 townhomes proposed on land now owned by West Hall church
A 128-townhome development has been proposed at this location off McEver Road, next to McEver Road United Methodist Church’s planned campus in West Hall.

Update: Planners delayed a vote on a 128-townhome development has been proposed off McEver Road, next to McEver Road United Methodist Church’s planned campus in West Hall. 

Buford-based Atlas Development is asking Hall County for rezoning from agricultural-residential to planned residential development so it can build the proposed complex. 

The proposal ran into heavy opposition from residents at the Hall County Planning Commission Monday, Aug. 17. Residents said they were concerned about such issues as traffic and water drainage.  

Planning board members also questioned Cameron Henderson of Atlas about the project and said they needed more details, including a traffic study, proof of sewer commitment from Oakwood and architectural renderings. 

Planning Commissioner Stan Hunt said he believed the traffic study should also include the church’s potential impact.  

Henderson ended up asking for a delay in a vote by the planning board. The board agreed, delaying the matter to Oct. 5. 

The planning board can only make a recommendation concerning rezonings to the Hall County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners has the final say. 

A 128-townhome development has been proposed off McEver Road, next to McEver Road United Methodist Church’s planned campus in West Hall. 

The 17.4-acre residential development would be at 5240 McEver Road, between Allen Circle and J White Road. The townhomes would also be around a third of a mile north of West Hall high and middle schools. 

Hall County Planning Commission 

What: Rezoning for proposed 128-townhome development 

When: 5:15 pm. Monday, Aug. 17 

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 

Townhomes that are 24 feet wide would have two-car garages and those that are 20 feet wide would have one-car garages, according to the Hall County staff report. 

Other details, including price point, were not immediately available.

Buford-based Atlas Development is seeking to build the proposed complex, which goes before the Hall County Planning Commission at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. 

The land for the development is part of a bigger tract owned by the church — basically “extra property that we did not need,” lead pastor Rob Bruce said. 

The church is renovating a house that is on the property and hopes to be moved in by late September, Bruce said. Worship services are taking place outside on the property. 

This story will be updated.