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Apartments target of Forsyth County moratorium
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — Developers wanting to build apartments in Forsyth County may have to wait a while.

The Forsyth County commission voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Todd Levent absent, to enact a 30-day moratorium on the acceptance of Multi-Family Residential, or Res6, zoning applications.

“I have some real concerns about the number of apartments that we are seeing requests for and what that cost is,” said Commissioner Brian Tam.

“I think is a now a good time to take a step back and look at this, because the impact fee formula for apartments, I think we can all agree, is a little off base.”

Impact fees are charges the county levies on new development to help offset the increased burden on services.

The moratorium would not apply to certain apartments. Among those not affected would be those in a master planned district, or mixed-use developments, two of which have been recently proposed

“I’m not saying that we need to stop mixed-use developments,” Tam said. “I think, obviously, the trend seems to be that retail wants their on-site customer and the two are going to be more hand in hand. But what is an acceptable ratio?”

County Attorney Ken Jarrard said the commission will have an opportunity to extend the moratorium once the 30-day period expires.

Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the matter Sept. 3.