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Another new RaceTrac could be coming to Forsyth County
Planning Commission votes to recommend rezoning; next stop BOC

Yet another new RaceTrac gas station could be coming to Forsyth County.

At a regular meeting of the Forsyth County Planning Commission on Tuesday, members voted 5-0 to recommend the rezoning of 1.9 acres from neighborhood shopping district NS and commercial business district, CBD, to all CBD and a conditional-use permit for the store to Forsyth County Commissioners.

The store will be 5,500 square feet with eight gas islands – a total of 16 pumps – and is planned to operate 24 hours a day.

The store will also have a monument sign marking the Midway community.

Variances to reduce the required distance from residential-zoned properties from 500 feet to 206 feet and to increase parking from 22 to 27 spaces were also approved.

Julie Sellers, an attorney representing RaceTrac, said the residential property was near Midway Elementary School.

“While it does not have a residential use, there is a residential zoning,” she said.

During a public hearing, a pair of county residents spoke against the store.

Christine Caines, who said she lived near the proposed store, said the area was generally residential, the intersection needed improvements and sidewalks and was against the store operating all hours of the day.

“Twenty-four hours? The Walmart is not allowed to be 24 hours, which is on Hwy. 9,” Caines said. “It is a residential area. What about the lights that are going to be emitted in the evening.”

Kirk Wintersteen said he was opposed to having the store near a school and raised concerns about the gas tanks leaking.

“I do not believe that I would want my child to go to school at a school that is less than 500 feet from a gas station,” Wintersteen said.

Sellers said the tanks used by RaceTrac are double-walled and top-of-the-line.

RaceTrac has more than 95 locations across the state, and the stores appear to be growing in popularity in Forsyth County.

Earlier this month, commissioners approved a new location at the intersection of Canton Highway and Post Road and a rebuilt store at the intersection of Buford Highway and Market Place Boulevard.

Commissioners also approved rezoning a new store at 1385 McFarland Parkway, the site of a former BP station, in May and approved plans for stores at Hammond’s Crossing and McGinnis Ferry in February.