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Mixed-use project near Hall County moving forward

LAWRENCEVILLE - A proposed mixed-use development at the Hall County line took advantage of a Tuesday change that expands mixed-use options on undeveloped land.

Thompson Mills Village, a project proposed for the 6000 block of Thompson Mill Road in Gwinnett County and going into Hall County, would have stores, offices, condominiums, town houses and combined live-work units.

Tuesday, county commissioners gave developer Vintage Communities permission to apply for the project after a change to the mixed-use redevelopment ordinance.

Confining mixed-use developments to the county's major activity centers - major intersections along Interstate 85 - made a mixed-use development ordinance on the county books unworkable, Planning and Development Director Glenn Stephens said.

An amendment passed Tuesday changes a similar mixed-use redevelopment designation, which had only allowed mixed-use projects to be built on land that has already been developed, to allow the projects on undeveloped land as well. The name of the designation was changed to mixed-use overlay.

Stephens said he believes the mixed-use project approved for consideration Tuesday is on previously undeveloped land. It would not have been permitted in the area if the ordinance had not been changed, he said.