A proposed faith-based program housing and counseling women seeking to leave sex trafficking may not be decided until early next year.
Gainesville-based Straight Street Revolution Ministries is asking the Hall County Board of Commissioners to put off voting until Jan. 26 whether to rezone the 50-acre southeast Hall property allowing for the complex.
Srikanth Yamala, Hall’s planning director, told the commission during a work session Monday that he had gotten an email from Straight Street requesting the delay.
The commission would have to vote to formally delay the matter — an action set to take place at its meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Straight Street is seeking to build the complex off Weaver Road, a hilly area off Poplar Springs Road.
It plans to eventually build 17 houses for the women, as well as an administrative building, barn, chapel, activity field, garden and meadow.
The initial phase calls for one home that would house four people and one caretaker, the report says. Also, services that would be offered at the site include counseling, education programs and life skills training.
The ministry’s proposal also calls for a gated entrance and that no visitors will be allowed on site.
The residents would be women over 18 who are referred to Straight Street through a partner organization.
The proposal has drawn strong opposition from neighbors, who say they believe such an operation doesn’t belong in a residential neighborhood. They also say they are concerned about safety issues and lower property values.
The Hall County Planning Commission voted on Nov. 21 to recommend denial of the project. The commission, however, has final say.