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Planners recommend approval of 233-lot proposed South Hall subdivision
Hall County Government Center

A 233-lot subdivision on the south side of Friendship Road is one step closer to becoming reality despite opposition from a handful of nearby residents who raised concerns Monday night at a Hall County Planning Commission meeting about traffic, their quality of life and potential negative impact to their property values.

Planning officials unanimously recommended approval of the developer’s request to rezone more than 74 acres in South Hall, despite the opposition from some residents.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will have the final say on the proposal Dec. 14.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 14

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

Michael Dye, a principal with Duluth-based Edge City Properties, told planners that the proposed single-family detached homes will be priced in the low to mid-$300,000 range. He said homes at the adjacent Windgate subdivision built in the early 1990s were priced at $155,000.

One Windgate resident was unimpressed and called the proposed new homes “overpriced.”

“The beauty of where I live is that I can flush my commode and my neighbors won’t hear it,” the homeowner said.

Planning Commission Chairman Don Smallwood cautioned the Windgate residents to be careful what they wish for.

“Mr. Dye has said he will work with you,” Smallwood said.

Part of the proposed subdivision will be in Gwinnett County, and the entire subdivision would use Gwinnett water and sewer.

Dye requested to rezone more than 74 acres from agricultural-residential III to planned residential development. He said the development would include a community playground, pool and cabana.

If given final approval by commissioners, Dye said builders would break ground in April and complete the project in three phases over a 3-year period.  

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