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Planning board OKs two new subdivisions
One development in North Hall, one in South
Attorney Wes Robinson speaks to the Hall County Planning Commission Monday afternoon in support of the proposed subdivision on Buffington Farm Road. After changes were made to an earlier proposal to satisfy neighboring residents, the Commission approved the proposal.

Residential development in unincorporated Hall County is ramping up fast in 2016 with the Hall County Planning Commission recommending the approval of two new subdivisions Monday night.

A 166-lot subdivision on Buffington Farm Road in North Hall had been tabled twice as planning officials directed developers and residents to make compromises.

That appears to be what happened after representatives from Green Implementation Group of Johns Creek won support for its 109-acre development after reducing the number of homes to 150, including removing lots that back up to Buffington Farm Road.

The development would be about three miles from the Gateway Industrial Centre and would have a similar lot size as Gateway Village, a proposed development on the opposite side of Ga. 365.

More than 40 percent of the total land would remain open space with “pocket parks” and walking trails, according to proposals.

A few residents at the meeting Monday said they no longer would oppose the development thanks to these and other changes.

Meanwhile, a proposed subdivision on Conner Road in South Hall has been reduced to 50 homes from 56 after nearby residents objected to the density of the site.

The county’s own code limits the number to two homes on an acre of land. But this can be somewhat misleading, one resident pointed out, since that figure is calculated on the total land size proposed for rezoning and not just those parcels where homes will be carved out.

The planning commission recently approved another 130-lot subdivision from the same developer, J.H. Homes of Buford. That subdivision is planned off Spout Springs Road.

Residents along Conner Road said the development would make traffic too dangerous along the narrow street.

Planning officials approved a condition that the developer pay for all road widening and right-of-way access costs to improve Conner Road, which residents said cannot accommodate two-way traffic.

Residents also said they were concerned about silt runoff into a nearby Lake Lanier Cove and its potential cost to those homeowners to dredge.

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