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Your views: Hall County must put more limits on growth
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The time has come to slow down development in Hall County. The county can no longer sustain such a pace. The commissioners need to require that developers build homes on at least one acre of land instead of the current three-tenths to one-half acre lots.

Too many rooftops, not enough land to absorb what little rain we get. Water, our precious resource, will be strained tremendously at the rate that our county allows houses to be built. I, for one, would like to live in a subdivision where six families do not know my business. How about yourselves?

The rest of the infrastructure is also greatly taxed. The highways, which some around here consider 45 mph to mean 65 mph, have been widened to their limits. What next, oh wise planning commission? How are you to treat the sewage? How are you to capture the runoff from all of the rooftops and the streets that have to be built for the new subdivisions of 1,000 houses or more?

Our brand new schools that were built with the continuous, nagging sales tax are already full and have trailers for the overflow. Another case of excellent planning for growth.

The precious trees that we all need to live are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Want to guess where part of our global warming is coming from? One local official says that we have to balance beauty with profit. It isn’t beauty, it is necessity! The trees make your life possible, too.

Hall County is still a beautiful place to live. Let us try to keep it that way. Small is beautiful. Quiet subdivisions are beautiful. A full Lake Lanier is beautiful.

Come on, commissioners, stop grubbing up more taxes. Keep Hall County green!

Jimmy Sisk
Gainesville


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