Gilmer County Chamber: Upcoming Events in Gilmer County

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss the upcoming events in Gilmer County!

Gilmer Chamber: A Busy Time in Ellijay!

Gilmer County Chamber

There is so much to do in Ellijay in the coming days and weeks that you’re crazy if you can’t find something to do! Head over to the Gilmer Chamber website to check their Calendar of Events and see what you can get into!

Gilmer Chamber: Spring Activities Are Starting Up!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP are at the Gilmer County Library! Karla discusses the upcoming events in the county and talks about all of the holidays that are celebrated this week.

Gilmer Chamber: Easter is Coming Soon!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP go over the different events happening in the county.

Gilmer Chamber presents Karla’s Korner: Catching a Braves Game and Other Activities

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss fun activities to do when leaving Gilmer County. Braves games, Amicalola State Park and Fort Mountain State Park are great options for a fun family day!

Gilmer Chamber: What’s Happening in Ellijay?

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and Brian talk about the opening of the new downtown Welcome Center and discuss different events happening in our local area!

Gilmer Chamber: Opening a new Welcome Center!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss the brand new Welcome Center and St. Petrick’s Day

Venue size concerns revisit BOC


ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer is once again in issue with rezonings when considering items this month.

Considerations of wineries, tasting rooms, wedding venues, and lot sizes came to discussion in February’s Commissioner meeting.

The major contentions came when considering a conditional use permit for a “large” wedding venue. The item for A-1 Agricultural with Conditional use for 582 Cinnamon Lane created debate between Public Works Director Jim Smith, Planning and Zoning Director Karen Smith, and County Attorney David Clark as the board sought guidance and information about the issue.

The venue actually came as two items, the board unanimously approve the winery and tasting room in one vote, then discussed the conditional use for the large wedding venue at the same location.

Jim Smith warned the board to consider the county roads when allowing the possibility of more vehicles and traffic of a large venue.

Ultimately, it was Attorney David Clark who noted that the current item was a wedding and events venue as opposed to Large Recreational Venues which expected larger crowds.

Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris noted concerns and calls he had gotten on the issue. He later said in the meeting that he wouldn’t support the larger numbers of over 200 people at the event. However, he indicated he didn’t want to restrict them to less than 100 either.

Smith later raised concerns about the public accessing the venue through Cinnamon Lane, preferring they instead use Old Flat Branch road.

Final approval for the wedding and events venue came with conditions including no more than 200 people, ingress and egress be through Old Flat Branch road, and that expenditures related to it, such a deceleration lanes, be the responsibility of the facility owners at the location.

All three board members voted to approve the conditional use permit.

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