Roger and Cathy Little got a little closer Tuesday night to realizing their plans to offer a rural, scenic patch of South Hall County land for weddings.
The Hall Planning Commission voted to give its OK to the couple’s request, but to only allow weddings on the tract off Guth and JM Turk roads.
Several neighbors spoke in opposition to the proposal, with some saying they were worried events at the 43-acre property, which is south of the Mulberry Creek Park and Community Center, might be too noisy.
“What if someone wanted to sell their property, the Realtor comes and the music is blaring?” Jennifer Pulliam said.
“I know their intent is not another Woodstock. But I can envision potentially loud noise, and that’s where we have problems,” Larry Barrett said.
Cathy Little told the planning board before its vote that she could envision events other than weddings taking place at the site, such as family and class reunions.
“There is a nice amphitheater area that happens naturally in the front pasture that could possibly hold an outdoor concert, but nobody has approached me yet,” Little said.
The issue now goes before the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which has final say on the matter.
The Littles plan to confine the wedding venue, including parking, to about 5-6 acres on the site.
The wedding site “will take advantage of the view of the remaining acres,” Cathy Little said. “It will make you feel like you’re in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains.”
An existing building on the property will be used as “a preparation area for the wedding parties,” according to a county document on the proposal.
Weddings will take place under tents that would be put up on the property for each event.