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The Local Agenda: Board to again consider North Hall apartments
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The application of Riverbrook Village Development Partners LLC of Murrayville to rezone about 83 acres in North Hall County to mixed and residential use is back on a Hall County Board of Commissioners work session agenda today.

Land owner and developer Robbie Robinson said the company has changed the application since the item was tabled but would not disclose details Monday. He also said he didn’t know if area residents, many of whom had voiced opposition to the planned apartment complex, would support the changes.

The land, which sits in the northwest corner of Price and Thompson Bridge roads, is expected to be divided into a 60-acre commercial retail site and a residential apartment complex on 22 acres.

The county’s planning commission approved a request in November but with several conditions, including a 200-apartment-unit limit, an amenities package starting with the first phase of development and a ban on income-assisted tenants. The master plan initially called for more than 60 attached townhomes and then went to 288 apartment units.

Robinson had asked for the board to table the application for 30 days after the planning commission’s vote.

The development is in Commissioner Billy Powell’s district. Calls to him Monday were not returned.

The work session is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Evans will give economic development update

Tim Evans, vice president of economic development for the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to brief Hall commissioners on recent economic activity in the county and the potential of new businesses locating in the county.

Evans is expected to mention interest from companies in the Gateway Industrial Centre, a 518-acre industrial park that will be the future home to the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory.

During the work session, commissioners are also expected to hear presentations on options to provide the industrial park with sewer service. The board voted in November to build its own water treatment facility for the site, but two new faces on the board have appeared since that vote. New Chairman Richard Mecum was elected to replace Tom Oliver and Commissioner Jeff Stowe won Ashley Bell’s District 4 seat.

The city of Gainesville, the city of Lula and Hall County are scheduled to give presentations on providing sewer service to the industrial park. The county agreed to provide sewer service to the 518-acre industrial park within 36 months after Georgia Poultry closed on its property there in October.

The commissioners voted to build a 3,500-foot gravity sewer and 75,000-gallons-per-day treatment plant to serve the site at an expected cost of $3.2 million.

Collins to hold community meetings Thursday, Friday

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., will hold a community meeting on Thursday and a “Coffee with the Congressman” on Friday in both Jackson and Stephens counties. Collins will meet with local constituents and community leaders to discuss and develop a list of Stephens County legislative priorities, a news release said.

The first community meeting is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at Jackson Electric Membership Corp. at 850 Commerce Road, Jefferson. The second meeting is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Java Station Coffee Shop at 770 Big A Road, Toccoa. A constituent service representative with Collins’ office will be available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to discuss specific casework issues.

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