A subdivision near Murrayville in North Hall was rejected by the Hall County Board of Commissioners Wednesday, Feb. 13, despite changes that had been made to better satisfy residents of the mostly rural community.
“One of the items I campaigned on (in 2016) was to protect our neighborhoods,” Commissioner Billy Powell said in asking fellow commissioners to deny the project.
The board’s denial of Rochester & Associates’ request to rezone 26 acres off Yellow Creek Road was met with loud applause from the many residents who turned out in opposition.
Rochester originally had proposed to build 23 lots facing Yellow Creek Road at Barkers Bend Drive.
The project was later tweaked to feature 21 homes. Rochester also proposed that seven of the homes could share a driveway that would run would behind the houses.
The Hall County Planning Commission voted in January to recommend approval of the subdivision, over the objection of residents who said they felt the neighborhood didn’t fit the area’s rural character.
Residents maintained that opposition Wednesday night.
“There’s nothing like this down the extent of Yellow Creek Road,” resident Greg Rutledge said. “There’s simply not.”
He added: “We’re not against growth. It’s inevitable … but do it right.”
Brian Rochester of Rochester & Associates said the plan was “to create something that was nice” for the area.