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Taylor appointed to fill term of ousted Stradley on planning group
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09302017 Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor, a Gainesville real estate broker, has been appointed to the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Taylor was appointed by the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday. She’ll serve the rest of Wayne Stradley’s term as a citizen member of the group. Stradley resigned in August after complaints that he had overstepped in his role as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, a subcommittee on the MPO.

Stradley sought more autonomy for his committee, which was opposed by officials with the cities of Gainesville and Flowery Branch.

Both Taylor and Stradley were nominated by Billy Powell, a member of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

Taylor is also a local property manager, and her properties include the former Regions Bank in downtown Gainesville. Her role with the closed bank has given her an inside look at Georgia’s film industry, which has used the bank in several movies and shows in the past few years.

She has lived in Hall County since 2008 and previously lived in Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

“I have seen good growth and also the result of poor planning,” Taylor wrote to The Times on Friday. “I lived off of Windward Parkway in the ‘90s when there was literally nothing but (one) hotel, a bank and two apartment complexes.”

The parkway is now home to Avalon, a wildly successful mixed-use development in Alpharetta, and a host of other things.

“Hall County’s growth reminds me very much of what I have seen in other Metro counties,” Taylor wrote.

She said helping Hall adjust to that growth is important to her “because this is my home.”

Taylor’s term on the MPO lasts until June 2018.

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