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The Local Agenda: Commission to consider shop, eatery at Lyncliff
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Hall County Planning Commission will hear two new applications at its hearing on Monday.

One is a request to rezone and vary the Gateway Corridor requirement on a nearly 1.5-acre piece of land located at the west side of the intersection of Dawsonville Highway and Lyncliff Drive.

The proposed use of the land is a bait and tackle shop and a takeout restaurant. The planning commission will make a recommendation to the Hall County Board of Commissioners to consider at its Feb. 28 meeting.

The other request is to vary road frontage requirements from 150 feet to 100 feet on 2.1 acres at 3226 Clarks Bridge Road. The proposed use is to create a new parcel of land.

The planning commission’s decision on that would be final unless it is appealed to the board of commissioners.

The commission is also scheduled to vote on the positions of chairman and vice chairman.

Don Smallwood is the current chairman and he has held that position for the past few years. Chris Braswell is vice chairman. The positions don’t have a set term limit.

The planning commission meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Monday in the second floor meeting room of the Hall County Government Center at 2815 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Collins schedules open house

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., is scheduled to have an open house on Feb. 19 at his district office in Gainesville.
Collins was elected in November to represent the 9th District, which includes Hall County and much of Northeast Georgia.

Constituents are invited to attend and meet Collins and members of his staff. The event is expected to run 4-6:30 p.m. at 111 Green St. SE.

Council sides with Riverside neighborhood on zoning

The Gainesville City Council last week denied a request by Michael Slate to convert an existing single-family home into an office on Lanier Avenue.

The proposed changes included a five-space parking lot and the widening of the existing driveway. The Planning and Appeals Board had earlier voted to recommend the project with five conditions.

Three people from the Riverside Commons neighborhood spoke out against the request, saying they were concerned that could lead to more commercial development in the future.

Eddie Hartness, president of the Riverside Commons Homeowners Association, said approving the zoning change had the potential to destroy the recreational and residential area.

“Obviously we think it was a very good decision,” Hartness said.

Slate said he wasn’t disappointed, but he has had trouble finding a renter able to pay well for the two bedroom, one bath rental house.

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