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Why a vote was delayed on this proposed shopping center-subdivision in South Hall
Proposed shopping center, subdivision in South Hall
The Hall County Planning Commission heard a rezoning request Monday, July 1, for a proposed shopping center and subdivision off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 and Ridge Road in South Hall. - photo by Jeff Gill

A vote on a proposed shopping center and adjacent 132-lot subdivision in South Hall was put off Monday, July 1, by the Hall County Planning Commission, to give the project’s applicants more time with the development’s design.

A specific date wasn’t given for when the project could go back to the commission, even though Bobby Bullard, a land planner with project, said he could bring back revised plans in two weeks.

“In this situation, we’ve got a lot of time because sewage (service) not being in place,” Commissioner Stan Hunt said.

WE Flip LLC is looking rezone some 74 acres off Ridge Road and Friendship Road/Ga. 347 in South Hall for the development.

The heavily traveled intersection is about a mile east of Interstate 985 and also at Hog Mountain Road.

The commercial part of the development totals 16.5 acres, with the plan calling for several buildings with 143,100 square feet of space for “commercial/retail, restaurant, gas station/convenience store and grocery,” the Hall County staff report says.

No specific plans were submitted for the property, although a map included as part of a traffic impact study shows a Kroger grocery store and a RaceTrac gas station/convenience store. 

The 58-acre subdivision would include a 21-acre “conservation area” featuring an amenity area with tennis courts, swimming pool and clubhouse, as well as creeks on the site.

Maps show the shopping center at the corner of Friendship Road and Ridge Road and the subdivision extending off Ridge Road.

Even if approved, the development could be a few years off, based on sewer availability.

A letter from Ken Rearden, Hall’s public works and utilities director, says Hall is “working toward providing sewer in this area,” but that “our projections for completion of the project are unknown at this time due to lack of funding.”

“We are in hopes of funding becoming available in July 2020, and this project is expected to take two years to complete," he said.

A planning commission vote on the project would only be a recommendation to the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which would have final say at a later meeting.

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