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Trio of zoning decisions back on Hall County commissioners' docket
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Board of Commissioners work session

What: Rezoning review for subdivision proposals and corn maze expansion

When: 3 p.m. Monday (possible vote Thursday)

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Three zoning requests have been reviewed so many times now that there are more than a few people who hope this week brings the last word.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners meets today to take up a proposal to develop a 166-lot subdivision off Buffington Farm Road in North Hall and a 50-lot community off Conner Road in South Hall.

The Buffington Farm proposal has been delayed for months for developers and residents to make compromises, which included reducing the density of the project.

But officials still want the developers to connect to county sewer infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the proposal for Conner Road was tabled at the request of the developer previously after officials requested they incur all costs for road widening and right of way access.

Residents in the area have said the road cannot accommodate two-way traffic.

The planning board had signed off in March on a proposal for the Buford Corn Maze in South Hall to expand its operations.

But county leaders have hoped the corn maze would operate under the parameters of a planned commercial district zoning.

The PCD would allow the corn maze to expand its sales to include a farmers market, as well as the possibility of developing a music venue.

But business license expenses and additional regulations have prompted the owners to pursue a less restrictive agri-entertainment zoning.

A vote on all three requests could be made when commissioners meet again Thursday.


In other business, commissioners will review a proposal from a Dunwoody company to place a digital billboard off Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369.

The Hall County Planning Commission has already given its OK for Advantage of Advertising to put up the billboard on property near Pearl Nix Parkway, but disapproved of the company’s height and setback requests.

Advantage of Advertising, as part of its request, is agreeing to remove a 1,200-square-foot billboard off Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 in North Hall County.

Hall County has a moratorium on new billboards.

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