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Inland port, as state property, will be exempt from local zoning rules
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Gov. Nathan Deal speaks at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Monday Dec. 3, 2018, to announce the coming inland port to be built at Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in Hall County. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Hall County Planning Commission had been scheduled to consider the upcoming inland port in East Hall on Feb. 4, but because the port will be operated by the state, the land is exempt to local zoning ordinances.

“The Georgia Port Authority is a state entity, and any state government facilities or state entities are not subject to local zoning ordinances,” Srikanth Yamala, the county’s planning director, said.

In December, the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority approved an agreement with the Georgia Port Authority to sell the 108-acre property to the Georgia Ports Authority for about $5.6 million.

The port, which could open in 2021, will be at the Gateway Industrial Centre off of Ga. 365 and is expected to handle about 150,000 containers a year. Construction is set to begin in August.