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Hearing delayed on massive Braselton project

A public hearing was delayed this week on a massive mixed use project in the Town of Braselton.

The Braselton Planning Commission was set to hear the rezoning request from Braselton 38, LLC, at its Sept. 28 meeting. The applicant requested a deferral just hours before the planning commission was set to meet.

Developers are seeking a rezoning of 39 acres on Jesse Cronic Rd. from manufacturing-distribution to planned unit development.

A number of uses are planned on the site, including:

•360-unit multi-family development

•150-unit senior living facility

•15,000 sq. ft. daycare facility

•25,000 sq. ft. medical office facility

•85,000 sq. ft. self-storage building

•28,000 sq. ft. business service space

Hearings on the project will be held at a later date. The town frequently sees project deferrals and withdrawals for large or controversial developments.


Jayde and Barry Joseph are shown with Ira, their three-year-old English Sheep Dog at Braselton’s pooches in the park on Harrison Street. The couple are from Lawrenceville.


Dixie DockDogs made a splash as they played fetch during competitions at Braselton’s pooches in the park on Saturday, September 26. The competition was held through Sunday, September 27.


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Planning board approves two new subdivisions

A 94-lot master planned subdivision in West Jackson got the green light last week from the Jackson County Planning Commission.

The board approved a rezoning and special use application for Ray Vaughn of 44.5 acres on Jackson Trail Rd. for the development.

The action now moves to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners for final action in October.

A second subdivision was also approved by the planning board at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The board approved rezoning 34 acres at 2609 Brockton Rd., Jefferson for a 34-lot subdivision.

OTHER ACTION

In other action, the board approved:

• rezoning 11 acres at the corner of Jarrett Rd. and Unity Church Rd., Maysville, to divide the property into three lots.

• rezoning .9 acres at 9246 Commerce Rd., Athens from commercial to residential.

• an updated county zoning map.


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Four resident deaths reported at Oaks at Braselton

Four residents have died from COVID-19 at a local personal care home.

According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, four residents of the Oaks at Braselton have died.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 11 residents have tested positive and three have recovered. Twelve staff members have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic.

HOSPITAL UPDATE

The number of COVID-19 patients being treated at Northeast Georgia Health System increased slightly this week.

As of Sept. 28, the hospital system was treating 87 COVID patients, 20 of whom are at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. That’s up system-wide from the week prior (Sept. 21), when NGHS was treating 78 patients with 21 at NGMC Braselton.

Ventilator usage is currently at 37%.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,284 COVID patients have been discharged.

There have been 313 deaths.

STATE AND BRASELTON AREA

Across the state of Georgia, there have been 315,281 confirmed cases with 28,197 hospitalizations and 6,961 deaths.

In Braselton’s four-county area, there have been:

•Barrow: 2,184 cases; 240 hospitalizations; and 48 deaths

•Gwinnett: 27,424 cases; 2,672 hospitalizations; and 405 deaths

•Hall: 9,248 cases; 956 hospitalizations; and 152 deaths

•Jackson: 1,991 cases; 164 hospitalizations; and 32 deaths

These number are reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health and are based on the person’s county of residence.


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Most area schools top state, national average on SAT

Most Braselton area schools topped the state and national averages on the SAT.

The Georgia Department of Education recently released the 2020 SAT score averages.

Only two high schools in Braselton’s four-county area — Cherokee Bluff High School and Winder-Barrow High School — scored below the state average. WBHS was also below the national average.

Mean scores included:

  • Mill Creek High School (Gwinnett County), 1131
  • Jefferson High School, 1129
  • Buford High School, 1125
  • Flowery Branch High School (Hall County), 1079
  • Jackson County Comprehensive High (Jackson County), 1057
  • State, 1043
  • Cherokee Bluff High School (Hall County), 1036
  • Nation, 1030
  • Winder-Barrow High School (Barrow County), 1019

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Registration to vote deadline is Oct. 5

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election is Oct. 5, county officials announced.

In-person early voting will begin Oct. 12 and go through Oct. 30.

Voters may also cast a ballot by absentee, but only if voters request a ballot. Absentee ballots will be mailed out in mid-September.

Voters can request an absentee ballot through a new state website at

http://www.securevotega.com/secureabsentee/

Citizens can register to vote or check their registration status by visiting the My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov, or by going to the Jackson County elections office at 441 Gordon St. Jefferson.


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Hoschton delays move on overlay district

The Hoschton City Council has decided to delay action related to its Hwy. 53 overlay district and go back to the drawing board on the matter.

A move to redo the overlay district was met with a number of objections and various complications in recent weeks. At its Sept. 21 meeting, city planner Jerry Weitz suggested the city re-evaluate the issue and perhaps focus more on creating a downtown historic overlay district to replace the current overlay area.

The overlay district was set up to regulate design standards in the downtown, but the district was later extended down Hwy. 53. Some on the council have suggested removing that extension and focusing more on the downtown area. In addition, some property owners along Hwy. 53 South say they aren't sure if their property is included in the district or not.

The council voted to revisit the overlay district at a later date.

OTHER ACTION

In other action, the council approved:

• ratifying the recent purchase of a service truck for the town's sewer department.

• a soil suitability test for the town's new water tower locations.

• a boundary and too layout for the new water tanks.

• an engineering design for a town sewer project.

• a firm to do an hydrogeological survey for new wells in the town. Hoschton wants to tap additional groundwater so it won't be as dependent on other sources for the town's water supply.