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2 plans have been submitted that could transform Settingdown Circle in north Forsyth
A developer wants to build four commercial buildings totaling 102,400 square feet south of the intersection of Settingdown Circle and Ga. 400 across from Bottoms Road. (Google Maps)

Developers are looking to transform swaths of land along Ga. 400 near Settingdown Circle in north Forsyth, and the latest idea would turn a portion of it into a commercial village.

An Atlanta-based developer wants to build 102,400 square feet of commercial buildings on 19.423 acres south of the intersection with Ga. 400 across from Bottoms Road. The project would consist of four commercial buildings ranging in size from 16,000 square feet to 38,000 square feet with 145 total parking spaces, according to documents with the Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development.

Yousef Emtairah, of Atlanta, has applied to rezone the land, which is owned by Martha Jean Bottoms of Dixie 400 Properties, from agricultural district (A1) to commercial business district (CBD) with a conditional-use permit for “contractor’s establishments and wholesale trade establishments.”

North of the intersection, a Sandy Springs homebuilder wants to turn much of the land into a subdivision.

D.R. Horton has applied to rezone 51.72 acres to make way for 172 residential lots along with 27,000 square feet of commercial space.

Called Sagewood Glen, the subdivision would consist of two-story craftsman-style homes with floor plans starting at 2,000 square feet.

Plans for Sagewood Glen, a proposed subdivision on 51.72 acres north of the intersection of Ga. 400 and Settingdown Circle across from Bottoms Road. The development would include 172 homes and 27,000 square feet of commercial space.
Renderings of homes in Sagewood Glen, a proposed subdivision north of the intersection of Settingdown Circle and Ga. 400 across from Bottoms Road.

The nearby retail area would connect to Sagewood Glen to create a “lifestyle center” with “walkable leisure” and “sit-down-type amenities,” according to documents.

The development would be built out in three phases, the first two to complete the residential portion and the third to build the “retail village.”

An initial review by county staff did not support the applicant’s request to rezone to master-planned district.

Plans to develop the property go back more than a decade. In 2005, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning for a development of 216 condos and townhomes. That project never came to fruition.

These projects are up in the air, too.

The proposed commercial village south of Settingdown Circle will have a preliminary zoning review meeting on Sept. 4 and then enter a work time period until March 3, 2020. The work time period for Sagewood Glen ends on Oct. 1.