The Hall County Board of Commissioners will be voting on three developments on Thursday, Aug. 9, including two subdivisions and an expansion of Fieldale Farms’ Murrayville plant.
The Hall County Planning Commission voted to approve all three developments at its July 16 meeting.
Subdivision on Price Road
Commissioners will vote Thursday on the proposed Riverbrook Village subdivision on Price Road near its intersection with Thompson Bridge Road. Homebuilder DR Horton has applied to build a 136-lot subdivision at the property, which has been vacant for several years.
At the July 16 planning commission meeting, residents said they were concerned about traffic and home values in the area. Commission member Johnny Varner voted to deny the request, saying he thought the design of the neighborhood did not provide for a proper evacuation route in the case of an emergency.
In a memorandum sent to county planning manager Sarah McQuade, county engineer Kevin McInturff also noted that the neighborhood would need a cul-de-sac or turnaround for fire and emergency vehicles.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved the original development in 2006. Then in 2013, commissioners approved the property as a mixed-use commercial and residential development. The homes in this proposal would replace the proposed commercial development at the property, Srikanth Yamala, the county’s planning and development director, said July 16.
Up to 220 apartments have also been approved for the development, but those apartments are not part of this request, and DR Horton is not involved.
Fieldale Farms expansion and nearby traffic signal
Fieldale Farms hopes to expand its Murrayville plant at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Hubert Stephens Road.
The expansion would almost double the size of the processing plant and would allow for the addition of other support buildings, including a new guard building and a day care, which would only be open to employees.
The proposed expansion addresses the company’s plans for future growth. Additions would be made gradually, with completion expected by 2037.
More than 1,800 people currently work at the plant.
At the July 16, planning commission, where the commission voted to approve the request, residents said they were opposed to the expansion because of the smell from the current plant. A representative from Fieldale Farms said the company was working to address the odor by cleaning out the waste ponds.
Commissioners will also be voting Thursday to approve a request from the Georgia Department of Transportation to install a flashing beacon light warning of an intersection at Thompson Bridge and Hubert Stephens roads. GDOT would design, construct, install and maintain the light.
Subdivision on Cool Springs Road
A 99-lot subdivision has been proposed on an almost 43-acre property on Cool Springs Road near its intersection with Chestatee Road. The property will use the sewer system of the nearby Marina Bay development, and about four acres of the property would be incorporated into Marina Bay.
At the July 16 planning commission meeting, the commission voted to approve the proposal after no one from the public spoke in favor or in opposition. The Hall County Board of Commissioners previously approved a residential development at the Cool Springs Road site in 2016.
Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville