After five citations, a stop-work order and an upwelling of community complaints, a rezoning request to create commercial land on Browns Bridge Road property near Lake Lanier looks bound for defeat.
A request to rezone three lots, 4113, 4115 and 4117 Browns Bridge Road near Fincher Drive, from agricultural-residential-III to highway-business went before the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday, May 21, dredging up a host of issues with the property in the past few months.
Gary M. Chapman, owner and operator of Holy Rolloff LLC, told Hall County May 7 that he’s been in business for 12 years in Forsyth and Fulton counties but now wants to relocate his commercial rolloff trucking and towing business to Hall County by rezoning the three lots to the commercial zone.
But based on the comments from the neighborhood, Chapman appears to have relocated his business to the properties months ago. He did not return a message left by The Times on Monday.
Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Holy Rolloff has been monitored by the Hall County Marshal’s Office since mid-February, when neighbors alerted the office that four dumpsters had been placed on the property and that concrete, asphalt and other materials were being dumped there, according to Hall County planning records.
“We’ve received several emails from neighbors describing the operation and kind of the chaos it’s created in the Browns Bridge area, and some of those emails indicated he was operating without a business license and without the zoning,” said Commissioner Billy Powell, who represents the area on the board of commissioners. “We checked into that — they were correct.”
Since then, Chapman has been cited five times related to the business and admitted during a May 7 meeting of the Hall County Planning Commission that he had dumped concrete, bricks and dirt on one of the parcels in order to level it — material that had to be removed upon the recommendation of Hall County engineer Charles Turner.
Turner also told the planning commission in early May that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was concerned about runoff from the property into Flat Creek, which drains into Lake Lanier.
The citations are being heard in Hall County Magistrate Court, according to the county, but the court system has delayed action on the fines until June. Chapman also told planning commissioners that he doesn’t have a business license in Hall County and that his commercial trucks aren’t registered in Hall County.
The properties sit next to Marine Specialties on Browns Bridge Road. They’re owned by Bok Hoe Kim of Roswell.
A wave of opposition fell on the rezoning request at the planning commission, when more than 10 neighbors spoke against the request. On Monday, commissioners said they expected more people to turn out against the request.
The discussion among the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday was whether to table the request for a couple of months, giving Chapman a chance to come into line with county rules, or vote on the request on Thursday, May 24.
If the commission votes down the zoning request, another request couldn’t be made for six months — bad news for the Holy Rolloff business and its owner, who has leased the property with an intent to buy contingent on approval of the new zone.
Citing evidence that Chapman continues to operate without a license — Powell said he was emailed pictures of activity at the sight as recently as before the commission meeting on Monday — the commission decided to go ahead and hear the zoning request on Thursday.