DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A major mixed-use, senior-living campus-style development at Hwy. 400 and Castleberry Road moved one step closer to reality Thursday when the Dawson County Board of Commissioners agreed to amend the existing zoning of the 52.42-acre site from Commercial Planned Comprehensive Development.
The request was made by Richmond Honan Development and Acquisitions, LLC. The county Planning Commission recommended approval.
Plans for the development include 130,000 square feet of medical/office space, 31,500 square feet of retail, 141,000 square feet of assisted living space and 70,000 square feet for a 128-room hotel. Stipulations approved by commissioners include a maximum of 200 independent living units, 40 loft dwelling units above the retail space and 60 senior-living duplexes.
County commissioners approved a request by the Sheriff’s Office for two additional school resource officers (SRO) and additional funding for off-duty officers to handle traffic control at the schools for July 1 through Dec. 31.
The board also granted Sheriff Jeff Johnson’s request for a permit to hold a 51-mile motorcycle ride for Relay for Live April 14 from 9 a.m. until noon. The event will begin and end at Dawsonville’s Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
Following a public hearing, the board voted 4-0 to approve a draft Capital Improvements Element as part of the county’s consideration of an impact fee program.
Under new business, the board also approved:
⦁ A request to upgrade a part-time clerk position in the Magistrate Court to full time;
⦁ An increase in pay for a clerk in the Magistrate Court who has achieved Georgia Information Crime Center Certification;
⦁ An annual salary increase of $5,000 for the county attorney;
⦁ The purchase of emergency medical supplies for Emergency Services;
⦁ Ratification of FY 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program application in the amount of $14,400 with no county match required;
⦁ Writing off old debt for ambulance service deemed uncollectable;
⦁ The appointment of Jo Ann Overstreet Hause to the Tax Assessor Board; and
⦁ The appointment of George Lyons, Bob Speight and Judy Baer to the Tree Preservation Committee. Commissioners took no action on five requests from residents of Gold Creek to be annexed into the city of Dawsonville.
Chairman Billy Thurmond read a proclamation declaring April National Donate Life Month that was adopted unanimously by the board. LifeLink is Georgia’s non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization. More than 5,000 people in Georgia are awaiting a transplant. One donor can save 75 lives. Each day, 22 people die because an organ does not become available. To sign up for organ or tissue donation, visit www.donatelifegeorgia.org.
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