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Officials want more traffic data for project off Dawsonville Highway
Plans for mixed-use housing along Ahaluna Drive likely to be tabled until May
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Residents wary of more gridlock on Dawsonville Highway from a planned large upscale subdivision along Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville are embracing the city’s request for more traffic data from the developer.

The Gainesville Community Development Department on Thursday sent a memorandum to the Planning and Appeals Board, which meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., recommending that three applications related to the mixed-use housing and commercial project be tabled 60 days until a future meeting May 9.

In its memo, city planners called on the applicant — Oak Hall Companies LLC — “to provide additional traffic data ... to staff before they give an official recommendation” on a rezoning request.

A group of residents tracking the project, and who are advocating that the city and developer work together to mitigate traffic congestion with road improvements, welcomed the pause.

“I like the fact they are not moving ahead until they learn more,” Pat Horgan told The Times. “We don’t know what will happen. The traffic solution will take several years. The development will take several years. They should work together to coordinate those questions so the traffic problems don’t get ahead of the road improvements.”

Gene Korzeniewski said he hopes the delay is a sign that city officials are paying attention to the concerns being expressed by residents about the explosive growth in the Dawsonville Highway corridor and the traffic congestion that comes with it.

“I’m pleased they want to do more thorough analysis,” Korzeniewski said. “That’s one of the things we’ve been requesting. There’s information missing or outdated that doesn’t give a real picture of traffic on Dawsonville Highway.”

Horgan and Korzeniewski are part of an informal group of residents who have banded together to bring attention to the traffic problem along the busy artery. Korzeniewski said his wife, Diane, handed out about 950 fliers urging residents to attend Tuesday’s Planning and Appeals Board meeting.

“We have no way to getting to all those people and telling them they don’t have to be at the meeting Tuesday,” Horgan said.

The group is promoting an informational website — https://dawsonville.wixsite.com/gridlock.

Oak Hall Companies is requesting to rezone almost 158 acres to Planned Unit Development and General Business for its 820-unit, age-restricted, mixed-use development. The project includes  single-family homes, cottages and 150 assisted living units.

A commercial area would include 24,000 square feet of retail, office and restaurant space, a 40,000-square-foot storage facility, and about 3 acres reserved for a fire station.

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