A simple rezoning request by Lanier Technical College to the city of Gainesville appears to be snakebitten.
The college’s request before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board scheduled to be heard last month was postponed when the remnants of Hurricane Irma blew by the area. Lanier Tech wants to annex 8 acres into city limits as part of its 95-acre project for a new campus on Ga. 365 and Hunter Road.
Planners rescheduled to hear Lanier Tech’s request Tuesday evening, but now the area is bracing for a potential hit from the remnants of Hurricane Nate expected to move through the area.
Initial forecasts track Nate mimicking Irma. Last month’s tropical storm winds toppled trees, knocked out power to thousands for days and closed some roads and streets to traffic.
Last week, Gainesville City Council, rescheduled for Nov. 7 a public hearing on the rezoning request by Lanier Tech. However, if the planning board is unable to meet Tuesday as scheduled because of Nate, the public hearing may have to be rescheduled again.
Lanier Tech’s new $131 million is set to open in the fall of 2018.