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Price Road development rejected by Hall commissioners
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Hall County commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday night to deny a request for a large development on Price Road.

North Hall residents dressed in red filled the meeting room to show their opposition to the development in their rural area of the county.

The proposed United Central Investments development included plans for 918 single family homes and commercial buildings.

United Central Investments was back before the commission for the second time after revising their original plan. The commission denied their first request unanimously in 2007.

Murrayville resident Johnny B. Smith asked the commissioners to stick with their original decision.

"You defeated it in 2007 for a lot of good reason. The planning commission just defeated it a month ago for very good reasons. We don’t see no reason you should approve it tonight. There’s just too many questions about this area," Smith said.

Another neighbor pointed to the inventory of other homes that are currently sitting empty in the area as well as a subdivision that were started four years ago but never completed.

"Not one lot has had a home built on it. All they did was cut down trees and destroy good rural property," he said.

Steve Gilliam, the attorney representing United Central Investments, said it was ridiculous for people to point to other developments as reasons why this one should not be approved.

"You don’t micromanage what developers make a decision to do with respect to their property," Gilliam said.

He said the development would also bring in other benefits to the community.

"It’s going to provide sewer for North Hall at this developer’s expense," Gilliam said.

Commissioner Billy Powell said though both the developer and the residents had valid arguments, he ultimately decided to deny the request because of transportation issues.

"Rezonings are the most difficult decisions we make, bar none," Powell said. "In my opinion, I don’t think Price Road can handle this."

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