The West Hall facility for recreational vehicle (RV), boat, and personal storage was approved Monday night, but there was one condition.
On August 16, the Hall County Planning Commission voted to approve the project with the condition that access is limited to Browns Bridge Road/Ga. Instead of Cherokee Trail, as the developer proposed, a report said.
Developer Lanier Luxe Self Storage of Murrayville is seeking to build the seven-building facility on nearly 10 acres at 4152 Browns Bridge Road near Cherokee Trail, the report stated.
According to Lanier Luxe, the facility will be “a lake-supportive use”, as suggested by Hall County’s comprehensive plan for land use.
The report also mentioned that Kent Henderson, speaking on behalf of the project, stated that the facility would be the most “friendly, low-impact” development possible at the site and that it would “pay no tax dollars to Hall County.”
Residents were very opposed to the project, expressing concern about Cherokee Trail access, traffic at Cherokee Trail, Browns Bridge Road, and impact on property values.
One resident stated that he envisioned the development becoming a “junkyard for boats.”
Lanier Luxe stated in a statement that the “upscale, climate-controlled” facility will be constructed in two phases.
Lanier Luxe stated that the northern side of the site would be graveled and used to store uncovered boats in the first phase. “Later, if the market conditions dictate it, phase two (calls to build) the remaining units.”
Lanier Luxe wants to change the property’s zone from residential and agricultural residential to highway-business for the development.
Now, the recommendation of the planning board is sent to Hall County Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and final vote on September 23, the report said.