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What changes had to be made for this subdivision to get planners' approval
Hall County Government Center

A 72-lot subdivision on Price Road was approved by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, after commissioners adjusted the buffers on the property after hearing from concerned neighbors.

The 99-acre subdivision near the intersection with Thomas Road would require rezoning of the land from agricultural residential to residential, and the neighborhood would have a density of about 0.8 homes per acre.

After nearby residents said they wanted a wider buffer to separate other properties from the new neighborhood, the commission decided that the property should have 30-foot buffers around the perimeter, rather than the originally proposed 20 feet.

The vote was 4-1, with commissioner Johnny Varner opposing. The Hall County Board of Commissioners will cast a final vote on Jan. 10.

Howell Thomas’ family has lived in the area for generations, and the land where the subdivision would go is owned by other members of his family. He encouraged commissioners to consider how the subdivision would change the character of the area.

“This development will change my life, my family’s life. … It will also change the lives of all of the animals that we have enjoyed for the last 100 years,” Thomas said.

Doug Ryan said he has lived just north of the property for more than 30 years and has seen several developments move in to the area, with some of them having empty homes waiting to be sold.

“Here’s another subdivision being proposed. Will it ever be complete?” he said.

Ryan said the subdivision would also bring traffic that would make it more difficult for drivers to use the route to travel into Dawson County.

The Riverbrook Village subdivision, which would have 136 homes on Price Road near Thompson Bridge Road, was approved by the planning commission in July. When county commissioners were set to consider the neighborhood in September, homebuilder DR Horton withdrew the application.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10

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

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