Hall County Planning Commission members Frank Sosebee, Chris Braswell and Johnny Varner voted to approve new townhomes at a subdivision on Spout Springs Road. Chairman Don Smallwood was absent, and Bo Brooks recused himself, saying after the meeting that his company was involved in the project and he wanted to avoid a conflict.
The subdivision near Spout Springs School of Enrichment would have 187 single-family homes and 144 townhomes.
The applicant, Clayton Properties Group, would build the homes on a 138-acre property. The single-family homes were approved by commissioners in 2016.
Two residents said Monday they were worried about traffic in the area and how the new neighborhood could affect that problem.
“How are these people going to get in and out to go to work?” Royce Cole said. “I don’t oppose the development; I’m just saying, how are they going to get out? You come down through there in the morning at 7:45 with all these school buses. In the evening at 5 o’clock, I can’t get out of my driveway.”
The entry and exit points of the neighborhood were the main topic of discussion Monday. The neighborhood is on the section of Spout Springs Road that will be widened in phase two of a project to widen the two-lane South Hall road to four lanes.
Developer Corbitt Woods said plans for the neighborhood have accommodated for the widening of the road. But commission members said there are still some unknowns about how people could get in and out of the neighborhood and how that would work once the road is widened.
Commissioners approved the request, with the condition that Clayton Properties Group gets a traffic study done.
The planning commission’s recommendation will now go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final vote on Nov. 15.