Update, Aug. 27:
Hall County commissioners on Thursday struck down a proposal for 350 apartments in South Hall, after the Hall County Planning Commission previously recommended approval.
The 31-acre lot near Spout Springs Road would have been rezoned from agricultural-residential to planned residential development for the project.
The development had been proposed by Atlanta-based developer TPA Residential and Gainesville firm Rochester & Associates.
Some speakers at Thursday’s meeting said they supported the apartment complex because they saw the need for more housing for younger professionals in the area, but the proposal drew concerns from several area residents who said they were worried about overcrowding, traffic and property values.
“Single-family residential is nowhere near the impact as apartment rentals are,” Joy Basham of Braselton said. “… We cannot allow any more apartments on Thompson Mill. If this development were to be approved, how do you stop the next? It opens up Thompson Mill to be apartment row, and it will significantly impact the surrounding single-family communities.”
Brian Rochester of Rochester & Associates, the Gainesville firm that was the applicant for the project, said Thursday the apartments would have been designed for millennials and active adults in the growing area of South Hall.
“These are really a resort community, is what we’re presenting,” Rochester said. “They’re a class A multi-family. This is the highest-end development.”
Update, Aug. 3: The Hall County Planning Commission recommended approval Monday, Aug. 3. The proposal now goes before the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final vote Aug. 27.
Opposition continues to mount against a proposed 350-unit South Hall apartment complex that’s set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, Aug. 3.
“We are not against population growth, but we do have major opposition to the immediate and significant density increases created by this apartment complex,” local resident Ron Scroggins said earlier this week.
A petition circulating on change.org shows 1,000 names of people opposed to the project as of Friday, July 31.
Hall County Planning Commission
What: proposed rezoning for 350 apartments
When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3
How to view: online at hallcounty.org
Project applicant Rochester & Associates, a Gainesville engineering firm, is seeking a rezoning of the 31-acre site off Thompson Mill Road from agricultural-residential to planned residential development for the project.
The project near Braselton features 13 residential buildings, a clubhouse, swimming pool and passive park and is projected for completion in 2022.
The development would be east of Spout Springs Road and next to the Oaks at Braselton assisted living center.
“The apartments will provide housing opportunities to major employers in the area, such as Northeast Georgia Medical Center, located only two miles away,” applicant Rochester & Associates says in its application.
Brian Rochester of the firm couldn’t be reached for comment.
Hall County planning staff is recommending approval of the project with conditions.
A vote on the project has been postponed twice by the planning board. The board’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and final action set for Aug. 27.