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Hall planning commission to decide whether dirt roads are public
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The Hall County Planning Commission grappled Monday night with the question of what is and isn’t a road.

Three applications on the commission’s agenda asked the panel to determine if access points to properties were public thoroughfares.

The commission said there was not enough information to determine the status of a dirt road extending from Ledan Extension. The property was originally divided among the descendants of Bertie Smith, some of whom still own the land. Candice Hollman has acquired a 10 acre site from a Smith relative and wants to use the road to access a potential home site.

A road that runs south of Duckett Mill Road was determined to be a public way, which does not mean the county has any responsibility for maintenance. The property owners on the unpaved road had signed access easements, but Tommy J. Phillips filed the application to determine the road’s status.

The question of an access road from B. Clark Road was tabled as questions about the location of a property line could not be answered. Green Leaf Partners LLC filed the application to determine if the 1,535 foot path is a roadway. The commission will take up the matter at its Nov. 5 meeting.

In other action, the planning commission approved a variance for the front yard setback of Skitts Mountain Baptist Church. The church is built on a narrow tract of land and is in the process of building additional Sunday school space.

The commission also approved the application of Neagla Turner to replace two dilapidated houses with new structures at 1801 Tulip Drive. The property is owned by Terizean L. Clyde.

The commission amended a previous zoning action to allow Richard Howard to replace an older mobile home and add one additional mobile home to a 9 acres site ion Whiporwill Road. The board rejected an application from Amber Herrera and David Causey to reduce the minimum home size from 2,500 square feet to 1,800 square feet on two tracts on T. Moore Court.