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Hall County commissioners to consider 2 subdivisions, industrial center
Hall County Government Center

On Wednesday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on two subdivisions, one in North Hall and one in South Hall, and an industrial development in Alto.

The meeting had been originally set for Thursday but was rescheduled.

Subdivision off Union Church Road in South Hall

A subdivision off Union Church Road near Braselton is up for a vote on Wednesday. In January, the Hall County Planning Commission approved 151 lots on the approximately 59-acre property, a less dense version of the original request for 195 homes.

The planning board’s recommendation would put the density at 2.57 units per acre, while the original proposal by Pulte Homes was 3.3 units per acre. The nearby Village at Deaton Creek neighborhood has a density of 2.57 units per acre, according to a planning staff report, but other neighborhoods within a mile radius tend to have densities of less than one home per acre.

Brian Rochester, a Gainesville engineer representing Pulte, said in January that the subdivision would be for residents 55 and older.

At the Jan. 7 planning commission, nearby residents said they thought the homes would be too close together and requested that the neighborhood be put on the county’s sewer system rather than using septic tanks.

Industrial warehouse in Alto   

A 490,000-square-foot warehouse in Alto about 900 feet from the Habersham County line is due for a vote on Wednesday after being tabled by commissioners several times since being denied by the Hall County Planning Commission in August.

Dale Hall of Falcon Design Consultants, the firm that applied for the project, said in August that the property would be used for light industrial warehousing, but a client was still being secured for the property.

Srikanth Yamala, the county’s planning director, said the county had not received additional information as of Monday, but a representative of Falcon Design Consultants was planning to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

In a letter to Falcon Design Consultants, Gainesville confirmed that city water could be provided to the site, if the developer constructs a 17,300-foot extension to meet the city’s water lines. Lula has also agreed to provide sewer service to the property, and Mayor Jim Grier said that area is covered by Lula’s sewer master plans but lines have not been built yet.

Subdivision off Yellow Creek Road

Commissioners will consider a 21-lot subdivision in Murrayville off Yellow Creek Road that has been met with some opposition by neighbors.

The development was approved by the Hall County Planning Commission on Jan. 7, but it was tabled until Jan. 22 so Brian Rochester, the engineer handling the project, could talk to nearby residents. Some changes were made — instead of the originally proposed 23 lots, the number was cut back to 21 homes, and lots would be at least 150 feet wide instead of the original 75-foot width.

Original plans had included all the homes’ driveways facing Yellow Creek Road, but on Jan. 22, Rochester proposed that seven of the homes could share a driveway that would run behind the properties.

Murrayville residents told the planning commission that they were worried about the development changing the rural character of the area.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

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