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The Local Agenda: Hall commissioners to vote on controversial developments Thursday
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on a number of proposed developments, including a South Hall apartment complex sure to bring out residents opposing the project, when it meets Thursday.

The proposed development, on a nearly 30-acre tract along Spout Springs Road near its intersection with Hog Mountain Road, calls for a 352-unit apartment complex and 5,000 square feet of commercial retail space. The developer, KHTW, has said the area is primed for growth and a project of this size. 

Earlier this month, the Hall County Planning Commission recommended the Board of Commissioners deny the project application out of concern KHTW had not done enough to mitigate potential impacts on schools and traffic. 

Since then, residents in the area have been campaigning against the project, making calls to county commissioners and starting a Facebook group.

On Monday, the Board of Commissioners suggested approving the project might be contingent on adding a condition requiring the developer to pay the county for sewer infrastructure that would be needed before the proper building and construction permits are issued. 

In other matters, the board will consider an application to rezone about 14 acres on the west side of Indian Trail at its intersection with Cleveland Highway to allow for a 14-lot subdivision and community drip irrigation system. The planning commission has recommended approval. 

Finally, the board will consider an application to amend zoning for a planned industrial area to allow for the production and refurbishing of wooden pallets. 

Planning staff had recommended denial because the proposal is outside the scope of the industrial zoning ordinance. However, the planning commission has recommended approval with conditions. 

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him: