The Hall County Planning Commission voted unanimously on Monday, Aug. 6 to deny a request for an industrial development on Cornelia Highway in Alto, saying they did not have enough details to make an informed decision.
Falcon Design Consultants, the applicant for the proposal, is seeking to rezone two tracts totaling about 204 acres from agricultural-residential to light industrial. The property is about 900 feet from the Habersham County line.
Dale Hall of Falcon Design Consultants spoke Monday on behalf of his client, North Georgia Capital Investments LLC.
The 490,000-square-foot industrial building would likely be used for warehousing and distribution, although Hall said details had not been finalized, and he and his client were aiming for rezoning first.
“I’d love to do some due diligence on some of these items you’re asking, but my client has to pay the ticker meter as things go, so we’ll do it one step at a time,” Hall said to the commission.
The property is currently vacant and has several streams running through it, although Hall said only a portion of the property would be used for development. The site plan shows the proposed development as being outside buffers for the streams on the lot.
Kenneth Guest of Alto was one of the local residents who spoke at Monday’s meeting. He lives on a neighboring lot and has several family members nearby, too. The lack of details on the project concerns him, he said.
“We’re right on that property line, and that plant would be very close to us where we’re at, so we’d be very interested in knowing where the buffers around the property would be … I don’t want to just know what 20 percent of the property is going to be used for. I want to understand what 100 percent of that property is going to be used for,” Guest said.
Commission members agreed, saying they needed more information about what the property would be used for before deciding whether the development would work in the area.
“We’ve seen much smaller projects here with three times the information on them,” commission member Chris Braswell said.
The commission considered asking to table the request and waiting for more information, but Hall said he would prefer if the commission would vote instead. All the commission members voted to deny the request.
The commission’s recommendation will now go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for consideration on Aug. 23.
Hall County Board of Commissioners
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville