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Hall commissioners consider regulating local Hollywood filming
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An ordinance that sets controls on Hollywood filming in Hall County is set to go before the Hall County Board of Commissioners Thursday.

An ordinance that sets controls on Hollywood filming in Hall County is set to go before the Hall County Board of Commissioners Thursday.

The new law, discussed at the commission’s work session Monday, “will protect Hall County and its residents from being unreasonably impacted (and) preserve the peace and comfort of its residents.”

It also is intended to “assure that such activities are consistent with considerations of public health, safety and general welfare.”

The county doesn’t have an ordinance in place now. Production companies are supposed to get certain permits for filming, but they don’t always — and that’s a key reason for the ordinance, said Susan Rector, the county’s business licenses manager.

One of the requirements in the ordinance is to hold a “pre-application meeting” between the production company and Hall County to ensure proper filming takes place.

Crews must specify a lot of things, including when and where they plan to film and “an estimate of the maximum number of attendees expected at the filming during each day and time.”

Also, the ordinance sets up fees, such as $500 per day for road closings and $1,500 per day for use of the Hall County Courthouse.

But, as Commissioner Scott Gibbs quipped, any company able to pay $50 million for a movie shouldn’t have a problem with $500 fees.

The issue came up because some residents have complained about Hollywood filming, Assistant County Manager Marty Nix has said.

“This ordinance will be a reflection ... that (complaints) haven’t fallen on deaf ears,” county spokeswoman Katie Crumley has said.

Read more about the development of this ordinance.

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