The Hall County Commission on Wednesday, April 10, gave its approval to an update to the county's Planned Residential Development (PRD) code, which was first adopted in 2003. The updates are an effort to provide for uniformity and consistency countywide.
Below are highlights of some of the changes:
- The minimum lot area shall be 8,000 square feet for lots served by sanitary sewer, and overall gross density shall not exceed two units per acre
- A minimum 50-foot planted buffer shall be established along the perimeter of the development
- Developments shall comprise at least 30-percent of open space of the gross area
- Any development equal to or greater than 150 lots shall include 2 entrances; a 3rd entrance is required for 400 or more lots
- Applicants shall meet the architectural standards as outlined in the code or submit detailed architectural design guidelines, including but not limited to garage types and placements, elevations of all sides, and building materials
"We understand that Hall County is a growing community, and these changes will help ensure that Hall County continues to move in a positive direction, attracting high quality development that will enhance the area," said District 1 Commissioner Kathy Cooper.
The changes allow for a variety of housing types, including single-family, two-family and multi-family dwellings, based on proposed site plans.
"This update will encourage developers to take full advantage of the natural features of the area as they design their site plans," said Cooper.
The new code takes effect immediately.