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Cleveland Highway plans put in limbo

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The Hall County Board of Commissioners also discussed on Monday:

  • A Georgia Department of Transportation project agreement for McEver Road intersection improvements at various locations, including Stephens Drive and Jim Crow Road.

  • Previously delayed application of Hill & Parks LLC and Bell's Mill Landing LLC to rezone 18 acres on Indian Trail at Cleveland Highway for an 18-lot subdivision and community dock.

  • Application of Old Howser Mill Development LLC to rezone five acres of a 25-acre tract at the terminus of Old Howser Mill Road for a 23-lot subdivision.

  • Application of Athena Chapman to rezone 1.48 acres on Athens Highway at Barrett Road to comply with wrecker service requirements.

  • Second reading and public hearing to consider a resolution for the county's gateway corridors overlay district.

  • Closed session to discuss land acquisition and potential litigation.

  • What's next: Commissioners may take final action at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Georgia Mountains Center.

  • The developer of a potential Cleveland Highway subdivision that has requested to withdraw those plans said Monday no timetable has been set for a revision of the project.

    Jay Drudge, a representative of Cleveland Highway LLC, said he and land owner Larry Davies continue to look at options for the property after it turned controversial and was recommended for denial at a Hall County planning board meeting last month.

    Drudge had proposed building 20 homes on nine acres off Cleveland Highway (U.S. 129) at River View Drive with an on-site sewer system making up two acres of the property. A portion of the southern end of the property falls in the city of Gainesville.

    Drudge told planning board members that the development would not be financially feasible without building at least 18 homes. Residents of nearby Chattahoochee Landing Subdivision strongly opposed the cluster of homes.

    "This is (Davies') family estate and he stands to lose significant money" if the right amount of homes aren't developed on the property, Drudge said.

    A request to withdraw the plans was made Friday and likely will be accepted by the Hall County Board of Commissioners when they meet Thursday. Commissioners Monday asked few questions about the project other than why it was being withdrawn.

    Hall County Planning Director Randy Knighton said the developer had mentioned last month at the planning board meeting that he wanted to revise the proposal to minimize the number of lots.

    If the development were to go forward Thursday and be denied, it could not come back before the commission for another six months, Knighton said.

    Drudge said he was "quite shocked" at the amount of opposition residents have brought against the project. He maintained he didn't know when, or if, the plans would be brought back and said he understood residents' right to object.

    "Reasonable people can agree to disagree reasonably," he said.

    The sale of the land was pending rezoning approval.

    Residents concerns include what they say is too many homes per acre and a planned 20-slip community marina. The on-site sewer system on the banks of Lake Lanier also created worry among nearby homeowners, they said.

    Contact: mstewart@gainesvilletimes.com, (770) 718-3432

    Originally published Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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