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Hall County seeks input on growth plan
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Workshop on county comprehensive plan update

What: Citizen input meeting on Hall County’s comprehensive plan update

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday

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


Goals of the comprehensive plan update

Preserve natural and cultural resources by creating designated growth areas

Promote harmonious land use relationships through quality infill development and revitalization of established neighborhoods

Promote economic development and improve mixed-use areas near commercial nodes

A survey is available to share ideas about the future of land use in the county here.

Updates to Hall County Forward will be posted to the county's website.

The recent opposition from homeowners over Mincey Marble’s plans to construct a new facility on Browns Bridge Road adjacent to its current operations might not have gained traction had Hall County’s comprehensive plan not identified the area for residential zoning.

It’s a mistake county officials said highlights the need for an update to the plan, which is designed to guide growth in unincorporated areas through 2040. The plan was last updated in 2004.

And the update is seen as critical in addressing affordable housing demands by reviewing zoning, setback and minimum lot size requirements.

Hall County residents are invited to attend a workshop on the comprehensive plan update from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A public input meeting in June helped to kick off the process by identifying priorities and goals for the latest update.

Economic development, maintaining historic districts and quality of life issues were among the most pressing concerns among the 40 or so residents in attendance.

The plan update could help direct investment in new community centers and parks, commercial businesses and residential development.

Demographic and other data developed as part of a regional transportation plan adopted by the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization last year will serve as a foundation for the comprehensive plan update.

The process must be complete by June 30.

The workshop on Tuesday will address information gathered in previous meetings with Hall County stakeholders; help develop scenarios for the future of the county; provide opportunities to interact with county staff and planners to identify land use strategies; and provide results of the community survey.

“Citizen input will be used to help prioritize local needs and opportunities, identify areas in the county that are likely to support change or should remain unchanged, and establish policies for future development in the county,” according to Planning Director Srikanth Yamala.

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