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Planning board gives its OK to boat business, farm venue
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The Hall County Planning Commission meets Monday, June 3, 2019. - photo by Jeff Gill

Here are three things the Hall County Planning Commission considered at its meeting Monday, June 3.


Boat and RV storage business gets approval

A covered 410-space boat and RV storage business near Flowery Branch was recommended for approval.

Foster Rd Inc. is asking the county to rezone the property from agricultural-residential to highway business to allow the use, which would include a proposed office building.

The 12-acre site at 6127 Lights Ferry Road is now occupied by a house built in 1935 and three barns. The property is also near Safe Harbor Aqualand on Lake Lanier.

A 35-foot strip — increased from 25 feet by the planning board — along the property’s boundary with residential property would be landscaped, in addition to an existing tree line along the property line.

Also, a 6-foot security fence would surround the property.

The planning board’s vote now goes to the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which is scheduled to hold a public hearing and final vote on the matter on June 27.


Agri-entertainment venue gets initial OK

A North Hall woman cleared the first hurdle in being allowed to convert a North Hall barn into a venue for “farm” weddings, receptions and other events.

Michelle Gibbs is hoping to turn the barn at 5586 Ransom Free Road, near Clermont, into an “agri-entertainment” venue. The 28,500-square-foot barn is attached to a home that sits on the property, which is north of Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129.

Planners are requiring that evergreen trees be planted in a 20-foot boundary around the property.

Also, outdoor activities that include “amplification of voice, music or other instruments” won’t be allowed. Events can take place between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and no later than 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The planning board’s recommendation will go to the Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and final action set for June 27.


Wireless technology ordinance recommended for approval

An ordinance setting up guidelines for wireless technology on utility poles in public rights of way was recommended for approval.

Under the ordinance, any new, modified or replaced pole on a right of way zoned residential cannot be more than 50 feet tall. In areas that are not zoned residential, poles must be 50 feet or shorter, or within 10 feet in height of the highest pole within a 500-foot radius, whichever is higher.

The ordinance would regulate “small wireless facilities.” To qualify, the structure's antenna must fit within an enclosure of 6 cubic feet or smaller, and when accounting for all other wireless equipment at the facility, it cannot take up more than 28 cubic feet.

Srikanth Yamala, the county’s planning and development director, has said the goal is to make sure that any new technology does not interfere with other equipment.

The Board of Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to hold two public hearings on the ordinance on June 13 and 27, with a vote tentatively set for June 27.


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