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Hall Commission votes on proposed 399-home development in East Hall
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A 399-home development is proposed off Gillsville Highway in East Hall. The Hall County Planning Commission recommended denial of the project on Monday, Dec. 20. - photo by Jeff Gill

Update, March 24: Hall County Commissioners approved a 399-home subdivision on 347 acres off of Gillsville Highway in East Hall after the developer made changes to its site plan. 

The proposal from Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group Inc. had been tabled multiple times following a recommendation for denial by the Hall County Planning Commission in December. 

The subdivision would include 104 townhomes and 289 single-family homes. Homes would be 1,800 to 2,200 square feet, and the property would have 70% open space, said Josh Scoggins, representing the applicant. 

Four residents spoke in opposition to the proposal, saying it would cause traffic issues and dramatically change the character of the area. The request required rezoning from residential to planned residential development. 

One nearby resident, Jeff Smith, said, “Gillsville Highway is life. Development is death.” 

Commissioner Jeff Stowe said that changes to the site plan, which fixed internal road issues and added more parking, made the proposal acceptable.

The main entrance would be off of Gillsville Highway with one gated entrance off of Joe Parker Road, only designated for emergency vehicles. 

The project is expected to take until 2027 to build out, Scoggins said. 

The board voted 4-1 with Commissioner Shelly Echols dissenting.



Update, Jan. 27: Hall County commissioners voted Thursday, Jan. 27, to table a proposal for a 399-home subdivision until Feb. 24, at the request of the applicant.


Nearly 400 homes proposed on 347 mostly wooded acres off Gillsville Highway/Ga. 323 in East Hall were recommended for denial.

The planning board only recommends approval or denial. The Hall County Board of Commissioners would have final say in a meeting set for Jan. 27.

Hall County Commissioners approved a 399-home subdivision on 347 acres off of Gillsville Highway in East Hall after the developer made changes to its site plan. 

The proposal from Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group Inc. had been tabled multiple times following a recommendation for denial by the Hall County Planning Commission in December. 

The subdivision would include 104 townhomes and 289 single-family homes. Homes would be 1,800 to 2,200 square feet, and the property would have 70% open space, said Josh Scoggins, representing the applicant. 

Four residents spoke in opposition to the proposal, saying it would cause traffic issues and dramatically change the character of the area. The request required rezoning from residential to planned residential development. 

One nearby resident, Jeff Smith, said, “Gillsville Highway is life. Development is death.” 

Commissioner Jeff Stowe said that changes to the site plan, which fixed internal road issues and added more parking, made the proposal acceptable.

The main entrance would be off of Gillsville Highway with one gated entrance off of Joe Parker Road, only designated for emergency vehicles. 

The project is expected to take until 2027 to build out, Scoggins said. 

The board voted 4-1 with Commissioner Shelly Echols dissenting.

Prices for the townhomes should start in the low $200,000s and detached homes, low $300,000s, lawyer Joshua Scoggins told the planning board.

The proposed development would include amenity areas, with some amenities shared among all homes and others possibly “developed for specific pods within the development,” according to Hall County planning documents.

The main entrance would be off Gillsville Highway and an emergency-only access drive would be off Joe Parker Road, the documents say.

The project is expected to take six years to build, with grading of the property taking place in the first year.

Forestar is requesting rezoning from residential to planned residential development to allow for the development.