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How the trend toward homes for older adults might continue in South Hall
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A 195-lot, age-targeted subdivision has been proposed on nearly 60 acres off Union Church Road and Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 near Braselton. - photo by Jeff Gill

South Hall residential growth may keep rolling into the new year.

A 195-lot, age-targeted subdivision has been proposed on nearly 60 acres off Union Church Road and Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 near Braselton.

Pulte Homes is seeking the development, requesting a rezoning from agricultural-residential to planned residential development.

The subdivision, which could be gated, would include an amenity area with a dog park, gathering area with pavilion or gazebo, parking area and mailbox kiosk. The amenity area may also include walking trails, passive pocket parks and a fire pit, according to Pulte’s application.

“Existing structures located on the property will be removed prior to the development of the property,” the application states.

The property now has several single-family residences, a single-wide mobile home and various outbuildings, according to Hall County staff report on the proposal, which is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, Jan. 7.

Brian Rochester, a Gainesville engineer representing the applicant, said Pulte also is proposing the development market to people 55 and older.

Older adult housing is a trend in the area. To the west of the property is Village at Deaton Creek subdivision, an age-restricted community that was approved for 1,400 lots by Hall County in 2005, the county’s staff report says.

The report also says that Pulte’s request is not consistent with Hall’s Comprehensive Plan, as the recommended density for residential areas is 2 homes per acre and the Pulte subdivision proposes 3.3 units per acre.

However, the planned residential development zoning classification “is intended to provide opportunities for a more flexible placement, arrangement and orientation of residential structures,” the report states.

The planning staff is recommending approval of the proposal with conditions, including that the development be limited to 195 homes.

Hall County officials just recently wrestled with another South Hall development where density was a major concern for residents.

A development on 121 acres at L J Martin Drive and Ponderosa Farm Road in the Chestnut Mountain community was originally proposed at 279 homes, or nearly 2.3 homes per acre.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the subdivision, but it took the number of homes down to 230 and the density to 1.89 homes per acre.

Otherwise, housing development was a big agenda item in 2018, with several large projects, including houses, townhomes and apartments, approved by various governments.

One of the largest was a 325-home subdivision off McEver Road in Flowery Branch, where several other residential developments are already underway. Also approved in Flowery Branch in December is a 324-unit apartment complex off Phil Niekro Boulevard.

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Proposed rezoning for 195-lot, age-targeted subdivision off Union Church Road in South Hall

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

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