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Next steps for subdivision at Poplar Springs Road location
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A 192-home subdivision proposed off Poplar Springs Road in South Hall is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, Nov. 1. - photo by Jeff Gill

Update, Dec.9: Hall County commissioners voted Thursday, Dec. 9, to approve a 192-lot single-family subdivision on Poplar Springs Road in a 3-1 vote with Shelly Echols dissenting and Chairman Richard Higgins absent.

About 10 people attended the meeting to show their opposition, and four nearby residents said they were concerned about the density of the development, its fit with the surrounding area and safety issues on the road that already has sightline problems along a significant curve on Poplar Springs. 

The 96-acre development at 3580 Poplar Springs Road and 3526 Poplar Springs Road, across from Poplar Springs Church Road and Poplar Springs Baptist Church, would feature an amenities area and be built out over six years, according to Hall County planning documents.

Starting prices for homes in the subdivision would likely be in the mid-$300,000s, said J. Ethan Underwood, a Cumming lawyer representing the developer. Underwood argued that even though lot sizes were smaller than surrounding areas, the density was about two units per acre. 

“We understand this is change,” Underwood said. “We understand this is a different housing style than people are used to.”



Update, Nov. 1: A 192-lot single-family home subdivision was given first approval with conditions.

The 96-acre development at 3580 Poplar Springs Road and 3526 Poplar Springs Road, across from Poplar Springs Church Road and Poplar Springs Baptist Church, would feature an amenities area and be built out over six years, according to Hall County planning documents.

Starting prices in the subdivision, which would also be about a mile from Johnson High School, would be in the high $200,000s.

The property is undeveloped now except for a home built in 1936, according to the planning documents.

Several residents spoke in opposition, expressing concerns about traffic and flooding in the area.



A 192-lot single-family home subdivision is proposed on 96 acres off Poplar Springs Road about a mile from Johnson High School in South Hall.

The development at 3580 Poplar Springs Road and 3526 Poplar Springs Road, across from Poplar Springs Church Road and Poplar Springs Baptist Church, would feature an amenities area and be built out over six years, according to Hall County planning documents.

The projected starting prices in the subdivision are in the high $200,000s.

J. Ethan Underwood, a Cumming lawyer representing the developer, Atlanta-based Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group Inc., couldn’t be reached for comment.

Forestar is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, Nov. 1, seeking to rezone the property from agricultural-residential and residential-I to planned residential development.

The property is undeveloped now except for a home built in 1936, according to the planning documents.

At two units per acre, the development meets density standards and is consistent with Hall’s long-term land-use plan, according to the county.

Hall County planning staff recommends approval.

The planning board will recommend approval or denial to the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which would make a final decision at a later meeting.


Hall County Planning Commission
What: Rezoning for a proposed 192-home subdivision off Poplar Springs Road
When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE


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