Hall County Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning that will allow for development of a 72-lot subdivision on Price Road near the Dawson County line Thursday evening.
Tim Allen and Dale Cronauer requested the rezoning of just over 74 acres off of Price Road at the corner of Thomas Road in the northwest part of the county from Agricultural-Residential III to Residential-I. Several residents spoke against the development, with most of the concern being over sewage and fencing for any dogs that might be brought into the new neighborhood.
District Two Commissioner Billy Powell made the motion to approve the rezoning, saying that he felt the development would be a good addition to the area.
"I, in my motion, felt like it was well engineered and well thought through and obviously the rest of the commission felt that way as well," Powell said after the meeting.
Many of the concerns about sewage were about the quality of the soil in the area. Several residents felt like the ground would be unsuitable for large amounts of sewage infrastructure and one man argued that the lots would be too small for adequate fill lines.
Powell said those concerns will be addressed, but not by the county.
"That's the state health department that handles that," Powell said. "(Commissioners) don't get involved in septic issues, but they health department will determine if a lot can be built, where a house can be built and how long the septic fill lines are and where they are to be placed."
Other residents were worried about fencing for dogs due to the amount of livestock in the immediate area, particularly horses, which they said are easily scared by dogs.
The hearing for the rezoning lasted just under 40 minutes.