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Hall planning commission OKs new agri-entertainment facility
Board of Commissioners to vote Feb. 26
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The Hall County Planning Commission on Monday recommended approval of a new agri-entertainment venue in Gillsville and a rezoning in Braselton for an office and retail development.

The Board of Commissioners will vote on each matter when it meets Feb. 26.

Agri-entertainment businesses in agricultural residential districts must meet a series of zoning stipulations, such as setback requirements, limits on the number of attendees and hours of operation.

These types of businesses also must be issued a business license and certificate of occupancy and be approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Misty Robinson-Smith said she wants to use pasture land on her property along Pillsbury Road for weddings, birthdays and other gatherings.

Her concept plan includes a horse corral, event area, restrooms and parking. Hours of operation would be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Robinson-Smith said horseback riding would be the primary use and event at the location, and she hopes to open her property to local equestrian enthusiasts.

“So we want to be able to make this a business,” Robinson-Smith said.

The planning board approved her request with the stipulation that music be limited to weddings.
Robinson-Smith said she would address noise impacts by monitoring sound levels. She also presented the board with letters of support from neighboring property owners.

In other business, the planning commission approved a rezoning request for 91,400 square feet of commercial development on a property at the intersection of Old Winder Highway and Howington Road in Braselton.

The property was once owned by Mountain Stream Saddle Club and was initially rezoned in 2008.

Since that time, developer Inland LLC has made changes to the site plan, which include additional buildings to ostensibly support the opening of the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center nearby.

The property is located in a flood plain, which county officials identify as best suited for parks and recreation use.

But, according to county staff reports, Inland representatives said they understand the limitations of commercial development.

“We don’t want to be married to a site plan like we were the last time,” said Inland agent Eric Johansen. “We want to have a little flexibility.”

Johansen said he is proposing an amendment to the conditions of zoning that asks Hall County to obtain right of way in the area to properly align Howington and Union Church roads, with the installation of a traffic light at the intersection with Old Winder Highway.

Planning board members said this is an issue the Board of Commissioners will have to decide.