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Planning board OK with subdivision

Requests moves on to final step

POSTED: October 25, 2012 12:31 a.m.

A rezoning for a planned west Forsyth subdivision received a favorable outlook from Forsyth County’s planning board Tuesday night.

The board voted 4-0, with member Craig Nolen absent, to recommend approval of the rezoning from agricultural to Residential-3 with conditions for NEDA Investments.

The proposed 50-lot subdivision on Aaron Sosebee Road will go to the county commission for a final vote on Nov. 15.

The 34-acre property had been rezoned from agricultural to Res-3 once before and then back to agricultural, said Ethan Underwood, attorney representing NEDA.

“Now we’re coming back to ask for Res-3 with larger lots than the first time,” said Underwood, citing the county’s code change requiring more square footage per lot since the last rezoning.

The density was approved at 1.69 units per acre, which would be the case if a 4.8-acre space not planned for homes is sold, he said. If not, the density would remain at 1.45 units per acre.

Neighbor Billy Phillips asked the county to consider reducing the 150-foot requirement for the deceleration lane, which would run in front of his property along Aaron Sosebee.

Underwood said the only other options for the subdivision entrance would be through a stream or causing the removal of two lots, which would be a “significant impact.”

The planning board asked the two parties to discuss the issue with the county prior to the November commission meeting.

Also during its meeting Tuesday, the planning board voted 4-0 to recommend approval of a rezoning from neighborhood shopping to commercial business district for Greenberg Farrow.

The developer plans to put a Panera Bread in the former Blockbuster on Buford Highway and needed the rezoning to allow for a drive-through.


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