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Multi-family project deferred in Braselton

Public hearings on a large multi-family development proposed in Braselton were deferred last week.

Callicott Holdings requested deferral of its annexation and rezoning request of 36 acres off of Thompson Mill Rd. Developers plan to construct a 289 unit multi-family project on the property.

The request was set to be heard at the Braselton Town Council's Oct. 10 meeting, but the hearing has been deferred until November.


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Book sale coming up Oct. 17-19

Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library have set this fall’s book sale for October 17, 18 and 19.

The sale is set for the library’s porch on Thursday (9:45 a.m.-7 p.m.), Friday (9:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.). Books for all ages – preschool to retirees – will be for sale at discounts.

The sale is a primary fundraiser for the "Friends" of the library, who volunteer to enhance the library’s resources and offerings to the community.

For more information about the sale on Brassie Lane in the town’s historic downtown, call 706-654-1992.


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Farmers market open Friday

Braselton’s farmers market returns on Friday, Oct. 18, on the patio of the Braselton Brothers Store in its historic downtown.

From 4-7 p.m., area farmers, growers, bakers and makers will present produce, farm-raised meats, free-range eggs, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, gourmet sausage, empanadas, prepared meals-to-go, roasted specialty coffees and more.

“Despite the extended heat and drought, our vendors have a good selection of items and, as always, appreciate the market opportunities,” said manager Peg Sheffield.

Free parking is available at the town’s parking deck.

Follow Braselton Farmers Market on Facebook or visit www.downtownbraselton.com for more information.


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Hoschton fails to get quorum, meetings cancelled

Hoschton failed to achieve a quorum at its October meetings, resulting in the cancellation of both meetings.

The Hoschton City Council was set to meet Oct. 10 and 14, but didn't have enough members present to call the meeting to order.

Mayor Theresa Kenerly and council members Mindi Kiewert and Susan Powers were absent Oct. 10. Council members Jim Cleveland and Powers were absent Oct. 14.

Notice was not given ahead of time. Citizens and the attending council members still showed up to both meetings before the cancellation was announced.

Public hearing items that were set to be heard Oct. 10 will be heard at the Nov. 7 council meeting.


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Hoschton fall festival set this weekend

Hoschton's annual fall festival is coming up Oct. 18-20.

Hours are: Oct. 18 from 3-10 p.m.; Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A number of activities are planned including a barbecue contest, chainsaw man, parade featuring the Shriners, "kiss a llama," nightly concerts, kids' zone, petting zoo, car show, glass harpist, bull riding, bingo in Hosch Hall, live football on a big screen, live production inside the train depot, photo booth and a tiger show. Back in Time will perform Oct. 18 from 7-10 p.m. Pickup Line will perform Oct. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. followed by Love Nation from 8-10 p.m.

ATMs will be available.

There is a free shuttle service.

For more information, visit CityofHoschton.com.


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Braselton plans Zombie Run Oct. 19

Downtown Braselton’s annual “Zombie 5K Run” is set for Saturday, October 19.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the course will be littered with zombies.

"Runners may avoid them by outrunning them," organizers state.

Entry forms are posted at downtownbraselton.com for online registration or for downloading.

Registration after October 11 is $35 with no T-shirt guaranteed. The form includes instructions for mailing or paying in-person at Town Hall.

5K event awards will be presented in various age categories, top male and top female runners and best-dressed zombie runner.

For more information, visit downtownbraselton.com or call 706-684-0369 weekday during office hours.


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Braselton gives nod to senior living project

Braselton leaders gave the go-ahead for a senior living development at its October meeting.

The Braselton Town Council approved a request from Fountainhead Residential Development, LLC, for a master plan amendment on a planned unit development at the corner of Thompson Mill Rd. and Hwy. 211. Developers plan senior independent living, assisted living and memory care uses on a portion of the 56.6-acre property.

According to the application, the assisted living and memory care project will include a 100-unit building while the independent living community includes 118 units (100 units within one building along with 18 cottages). Various amenities are also planned.

Those developments will only take up a portion of the 56.6-acre property. Commercial and residential projects are still planned within the development.

COUNCIL WANTS TO KEEP LOCAL CONTROL OF BUILDING STANDARDS

In other action, Braselton leaders approved a resolution showing their support of locally-controlled residential building standards.

Town manager Jennifer Scott described a bill that was introduced in the last Georgia legislative session which would restrict local governments from having laws and zoning conditions on building materials, size of homes and number of bedrooms in residential units.

Scott added the bill did not pass in the last session, but it's still alive.

Since it was introduced, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) put together the resolution to show legislators that governments want to maintain local control of residential dwellings.

Braselton council member Hardy Johnson stressed local control of building standards is critical.

“It’s critical that we locally control our design standards and not allow Atlanta to be making these decisions for us,” he said.

OTHER BUSINESS

Also at its meeting, the council approved:

•two special event alcoholic beverage licenses for Chris Senden for Vineyard Fest and Vincent Price for the Jackson County Area Chamber business after-hours event at the Braselton Fine Bakery.

•an alcoholic beverage license request from new license holder Rahila Godil for BP Food Mart at 2075 Hwy. 211.

•amending the Braselton Urban Redevelopment Program to include the town’s planned civic center.

•its stormwater utility ordinance.

•final adoption of its 2020-24 capital improvement element and short-term work program.

•a bid award to install pedestrian lights at Friendship Rd. and Spout Springs Rd. to R.J. Haynie and Associates for $99,997. The project will be funded by Hall County special purpose local option sales tax funds.

The council also held a 20-minute closed session on pending or potential litigation with no action following.