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S. Hall subdivision moving ahead with fewer homes
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Plans to develop an 89-lot subdivision spanning the Hall and Gwinnett county line have been scaled back after a Winder-based developer met with local residents seeking to reduce the project’s density.

The land proposed for development consists of about 49.5 acres near Ridge Road in the Buford city limits, between the Jones Creek subdivision and other tracts facing Friendship Road.

The project had been sidelined since last summer while the developer awaited approval from Gwinnett.

“They asked us to table it and work with those adjacent property owners to see if we could come up with a compromise,” said developer Holt Persinger.

With the go-ahead from the metro Atlanta county last month, the Hall County Planning Commission gave its recommendation Monday night to rezone 22.27 acres so the development can proceed.

The Board of Commissioners will vote on the rezoning when it meets Jan. 22.

If approved, the Hall County portion of the subdivision would include 28 homes, down from an original proposal of 36, with minimum lot sizes of 15,000 square feet.

The Gwinnett portion calls for 40 homes on 27.31 acres.

“We have been through many discussions ... the staff recommendations are consistent with what the Gwinnett County decision was,” said Mark Musaus, a resident of the Jones Creek subdivision. “We just want to go on record as supporting the staff recommendations.”

Several other residents who attended the planning commission meeting also said they were supportive of the project, adding they were glad to reach an accord with the developer.

Monday’s outcome contrasts with many residential and commercial development proposals in Hall County, which often generate controversy and opposition.

“We like to see the developers and the neighbors work it out so we don’t have to,” said Planning Commissioner Don Smallwood.

If the Board of Commissioners approves the rezoning, Persinger said it would likely take four to six months to break ground on the subdivision.

Water and sewer utilities would be provided by Gwinnett.

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