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The Local Agenda: Hall planning commission OKs mobile home relocation
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The controversial relocation of a mobile home near Lake Lanier was recommended for approval by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, with board members expressing sympathy for nearby homeowners while saying their hands are tied.

The Board of Commissioners will cast its own vote on the matter next month.

The proposal to relocate a mobile home within the Lake Lanier Mobile Home Park on Clarks Bridge Road has been met with opposition from nearby homeowners along Edgewater Terrace.

The Board of Commissioners sent the issue back to the planning board after failing to take a vote on whether to approve the relocation a few weeks ago after appeals were made.

The relocation — a result of a failed septic system on lot 42 — to an undeveloped area of the property will exceed county setback requirements from roads and adjacent properties, according to county staff reports.

Several homeowners spoke in opposition to relocating the mobile trailer on Monday, saying they feared the loss of property values, as well as the addition of an eyesore that could obstruct their lake views.

Homeowners said they were promised by the previous owner of the mobile home park that the undeveloped area would remain “green space.”

Residents warned the planning commission about setting a bad precedent, or slippery slope, by allowing the relocation to proceed.

But planning members said there is no change in the land use, and that the property was zoned for mobile homes in the 1970s.

Board members urged compromise, but none was found.

Planning member Chris Braswell said he cast the lone dissent against the relocation simply because he wanted more details, such as a site plan, about where exactly the mobile home would be located.

Park owner Carol Allen said she hopes to develop the lot for the mobile home in the near future, but needed proper approval and permitting before continuing further.

Planning members discussed requiring additional buffers to protect nearby homeowners, but did not approve such requirements, saying more vegetation presented a Catch-22 by ensuring privacy while also obscuring views of Lake Lanier.

Gainesville considering lease agreement with Kubota

The Gainesville City Council will consider at tonight’s meeting a lease agreement with Kubota Manufacturing of America that would grant the company access to city-owned land in exchange for site improvements.

Kubota plans to build a test course for high-performance RTV series utility vehicles on property off Fullenwider Road.

The lease is for $10 per year with a commitment from Kubota to make onsite improvements, such as paving the road, in exchange for using the property, according to city officials.

An original proposal called for the city to receive an RTV free of charge from Kubota, but those plans have now been scrapped, officials said.

City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Hall BOC considering agreement to conduct Flowery Branch election

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will discuss at today’s work session approving an intergovernmental agreement with Flowery Branch to host the city’s special election in June.

The city will hold the election June 16 to replace two council members who resigned back to back.

Post 1 Councilman Damon Gibbs’ resignation was effective March 1; Post 5 Councilwoman Tara Richards’ resignation went into effect April 17. Both Gibbs and Richards resigned for job opportunities requiring them to move outside city limits.

Per the proposed ordinance, qualifying for the election will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 27-29 at Flowery Branch City Hall, 5517 Main St.

The qualifying fee of each post will be $144, which is 3 percent of the annual salary.

Richards’ position runs through December 2017, while Gibbs’ term is over Dec. 31.

“They would have to rerun if they wanted to remain in (Post 1) for 2016,” City Clerk Melissa McCain said last month.

The Board of Commissioners meets at 3 p.m. today at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

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