A landmark Halloween haunt could become a ghost town if the owners don't get the proper permits. A newly enacted Coweta County ordinance means Horror Hill could close for the first time in almost three decades.
According to owner Allyn Glover, in 28 years nearly 100,000 guests have survived the visit.
"Atlanta's one of the hubs for haunted houses and I like to feel like we actually ushered in a whole new industry," said Glover.
But this season, for the first time ever, the county requires the attraction to apply for special land use permit.
"We feel like we're a landmark, we feel like we're a part of the family - we're a family tradition," said Glover. "Give us a chance to be good neighbors."
The county planning and zoning board recommends the Board of Commissioners denies Horror Hill's permit because the attraction might flood the neighborhood with noise and light late into the night.
Neighbor Leeroy Lane lives directly across the street from the haunt. He says during October the loud noises go well into the morning hours.
"Big noise all night long," said Lane. "Goes on to 3, 4, 5 o'clock in the morning."
A county spokesperson said complaints from attractions all over Coweta spurred the commission to pass the new ordinance. Glover just hopes the commission allows him to continue Horror Hill for another three decades.
"Let the commission and let the county impose their requirements to open and let us live by them and we promise we will," said Glover.
Commissioners will consider the special permit Tuesday at 6 p.m. in downtown Newnan.
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