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Why a vote on this controversial gas station was delayed
Hall County Government Center

Update, Oct. 28: Because the application was incorrectly displayed on county zoning notice signs, county attorney Van Stephens recommended the Hall County Board of Commissioners move to continue the public hearing on Nov. 10. 

The sign advertised the commission meeting would be at the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, but the meeting location changed to the Gainesville Civic Center since the sign was posted. Staff failed to change the sign accordingly, said Sarah McQuade, director of planning and development. Stephens said that those who already spoke at the Thursday, Oct. 28, meeting would not need to speak again on Nov. 10 to have their comments taken into consideration. 

Nine nearby residents spoke in opposition to the gas station and convenience store proposed at the corner of Lights Ferry and McEver roads, citing concerns about increased crime, traffic congestion and interference with the Silverthorn subdivision.

A proposed gas station and convenience store at McEver and Lights Ferry roads will be up for a final vote Thursday, Oct. 28, after many nearby residents opposed the development, citing safety and traffic concerns. 

The applicant, Casey Walker of CSC Properties LLC, is requesting to rezone 3.63 acres at 5820 McEver Road from agricultural residential to highway business. The gas station would include a canopy and five regular gas pumps, according to planning documents. 

Walker said the gas will be Shell brand, but they do not have a tenant secured yet for the convenience store.

The Hall County Planning Commission voted to approve the application on Sept. 20 in a 3-1 vote with Gina Pilcher opposing and Johnny Varner not present. The commission added conditions, including requiring a vegetative buffer and tall fence on a berm along the northside of the property that would help protect adjacent Silverthorn properties and allowing only one entrance along McEver Road. 

“Obviously the residents don’t want a (convenience) store there, period,” Walker said. “So there’s no way to really make everybody happy, but I hope I’ve assuaged some of the uneasiness regarding certain aspects of it.”

Walker said he changed plans slightly, including removing diesel fuel stations.

Nearby resident Lila Weaver said she had been in contact with Walker and appreciated some changes, but not all safety and traffic concerns had been addressed. 

The application will go before the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final vote Thursday, Oct. 28. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center.

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