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Hall Planning Commission tables zoning request
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It’s back to the drawing board for one property owner who wants to open a bait and tackle shop and barbecue take-away restaurant off Dawsonville Highway.

The Hall County Planning Commission tabled applicant Terry Richards’ rezoning request because members said they needed to see a site development plan that would have more detail about how he intends to set up the business.

Al Posada, who represented Richards, said they want to use the existing single-family house as the takeout operation and build a new building behind the house, on the southern portion of the property, where the live bait would be stored and loaded.

The target market would be fishermen who fish the north end of Lake Lanier. Posada asked the commission to allow them to deviate from the Gateway Corridors design standards and allow fewer parking spaces than are required by Hall County laws. County staff recommended approving the rezoning request but denying the design standards deviation.

“We’d like to help you get your business going, but we also have certain things we have to do,” said commission Chairman Don Smallwood.

Building a new structure in the Gateway Corridor requires a stone facade on buildings for consistency and visual distinctiveness. The applicant asked to change the requirement and suggested putting some of the stone on the existing home, which is closer to the road, and some on the new building in the back of the property. The stone facade would come up about 4 feet 6 inches around the front building and the rest would go on the new building.

Spreading the stone out would add continuity, Posada said.

“I’m looking at cost and square feet,” Posada said.

The site plan also proposes five parking spaces, with one handicapped space, which is fewer than what county ordinances require. Variances can be granted by the planning commission and the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

Hall County requires one space for every 200 square feet of service area for retail and 14 spaces for every 1,000 square feet in a takeout restaurant. The driveways would be gravel, and main entrances would be on Lynncliff Drive and Jay Mountain Road.

“As a new business we’re opening up, the hardship is the initial cost of everything, what it’s going to cost,” Posada said.

The commission is expected to consider the application again at its March 18 meeting.

In other business, the commission members approved the request of Pamela Andris to divide her property into two parcels. The property currently has a 2,250-square-foot home, and the commission agreed to vary the road frontage requirements from 150 feet to 100 feet on 2.1 acres at 3226 Clarks Bridge Road. The decision is final unless it’s appealed.

Board members also voted on the positions of chairman and vice chairman. Smallwood was re-elected chairman and Chris Braswell was re-elected vice chairman.

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