Flowery Branch voiced disapproval Thursday night of a proposed 410-space boat and RV storage business going before the Hall County Board of Commissioners next week.
“We prefer that (commissioners) deny it, but if they would at least table it to let us sit and have a discussion,” City Manager Bill Andrew told the City Council at its June 20 meeting. “Given the fact that their own staff is not recommending it and that their future land-use plan doesn’t recommend it — and neither does ours — it seems like we could at least ask for a pause in the process.”
Foster Rd Inc. is asking the county to rezone the 12-acre site from agricultural-residential to highway business to allow the storage business, which would include a proposed office building.
The property is now occupied by a house built in 1935 and three barns.
“We always thought about the possibility of McEver Road … functioning more as a neighborhood shopping kind of district,” Andrew said. “Neighborhood commercial doesn’t contemplate RV and boat storage. It really looks to have more smaller retail and restaurant type of developments that would … interact better with the neighborhood areas developing along this corridor.”
Andrew added: “It just seems to me that the property owner is missing out on a higher and better use for that site, with the availability of sewer.”
City staff also doesn’t support McEver Road United Methodist Church rezoning property less than two miles away on McEver at Gainesville Street for a new church. The issue has yet to go before a government board.
“It’s really in line with this whole issue. We have three major intersections along this road that are either in the city or contemplating being in the city, and we’re losing the economic viability of this area,” Andrew said.