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The Local Agenda: City planning board takes up Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle proposal
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The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to vote on a proposed drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

David Johnson, a local cardiovascular doctor, is asking the city to rezone three properties, two of which have homes on the lots, at the intersection from residential development to neighborhood business.

Gainesville planning staff has expressed concerns about the development, saying portions of the proposal do not meet the city’s comprehensive plan.

Speculation is rampant about what restaurant is looking to move in.

A Google search reveals that Starbucks frequently occupies 1,800-square-foot stand-alone buildings, which corresponds with the development proposal.

The Planning and Appeals Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Council to review TAD policies

Gainesville City Council will meet for a work session Thursday morning to discuss proposed policies and procedures governing how funding is approved for businesses in a tax allocation district.

Gainesville has two TADs — the midtown area and Lakeshore Mall — wherein increments in property taxes resulting from new growth are reinvested in properties.

City, county and school board officials tabled three requests in August for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

Officials on the TAD Advisory Committee said they needed to better clarify and identify parameters and evaluation criteria for approving funding, which they will unveil on Thursday to the council.

City Council meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 301 of the Administration Building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

Update on tax appeals

Hall County’s Chief Appraiser Steve Watson on Monday shared the following updated details about tax assessment appeals with The Times:

About 5,100 appeals made, similar to 2012.

About 1,357 appeals remain unsettled, and Watson expects about 1,000 or more will ultimately be forwarded to the state Board of Equalization for resolution.

Watson said the appeals process has driven down assessments on thousands of lakefront properties by an average of 17.55 percent.


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