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Planning commission approves 45-lot subdivision off Flat Creek Road
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The Hall County Planning Commission gave approval Monday night to a 45-lot subdivision on the south side of Flat Creek Road.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

What: Final approval of 45-lot subdivision

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 23

Where: Hall County Government Center, Gainesville

The Hall County Planning Commission gave approval Monday night to a 45-lot subdivision on the south side of Flat Creek Road.

David Mercer of Development Consultants presented his case to the commission at the Hall County Government Center. He was seeking approval to rezone nearly 37 acres, changing it from vacation-cottage zoning to planned residential development.

The subdivision would be between Point South Drive and Sunrise Cove Marina

In the process of meeting with neighbors and other area stakeholders, Mercer said residents of Point South have been “respectful and courteous” with their concerns.

One issue raised by multiple speakers during the public portion was a nature trail accessible by Mercer’s property that the community has enjoyed for years.

“We think that’s a huge asset in the development of this property,” Jim Johnson said.

Planning Commission Chairman Don Smallwood said the county couldn’t make conditions regarding access to the green space.

“You all are invited, but at some point, homeowners are going to have control through their association, and you’ll have to deal with them,” Mercer said.

The development would be in two phases, with the first phase bringing 21 homes. Another 20 homes would come through the second phase, and four lots would have access to Flat Creek Road.

Other area residents expressed concerns about the water and the roads in the area, which multiple speakers said were narrow and potentially dangerous.

The commission approved the request with conditions, including that all the houses be at least 2,000 square feet. It will now go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action.

The commissioners’ meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the government center, located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

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