A proposed retail center, featuring a gas station and convenience store, between Gainesville and Oakwood was recommended for denial Monday, March 18, by the Hall County Planning Commission.
“If this were on the periphery of a residential area, it would be one thing, but this is in the middle, to me,” Commission Chairman Chris Braswell said of Cumming-based VHP Properties’ proposed development on 3.5 acres at 2928 Mountain View Road, off Old Oakwood Road.
“I agree … it’s probably not the best use for the area,” Commissioner Stan Hunt said.
The area “is becoming more residential, even than it is right now,” Commissioner Gina Pilcher said. “So, I would tend to agree that it’s a little out of character.”
VHP Properties is seeking to rezone the property from residential to planned commercial development.
The proposal, which now goes before the Hall County Board of Commissioners on April 10 for final consideration, also calls for other retail, possibly a “small restaurant,” and storage units, according to the Hall County staff report.
The site, which is across from a Family Dollar store, sits in a bend of Mountain View Road at Old Oakwood and near Buice Lane.
Planning officials are recommending the project be denied, as it is “inconsistent with (Hall County’s) comprehensive Plan.”
“Although the plan suggests that this area will continue to be residential in nature, this type of retail has the potential to increase traffic to the area while serving local residents,” the staff report says.
Residents spoke in opposition to the proposal at the planning board meeting, citing traffic concerns, which were also backed up in a letter to planning staff from Hall County Engineer Kevin McInturff.
“A traffic study with emphasis on the access location and design should be completed to determine if a driveway can even be placed along this frontage,” McInturff said.
Both Mountain View and Old Oakwood are busy roads, with Old Oakwood running south to Mundy Mill Road and Mountain View going west to McEver Road.