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Bentley Road rezoning clears planning board
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Forsyth County News

WEST FORSYTH — During a meeting in which requests involving a couple of larger developments were postponed, a plan for a 79-lot subdivision in west Forsyth cleared the county’s planning board.

The developer, listed as E. Howard Carson Jr., wants to rezone about 42 acres on Bentley Road from an agricultural to single-family residential, or Res-3. The proposed density is 1.88 units per acre.

The board’s recommendation, which included conditions of a minimum lot size at 12,000 square feet and an average lot size of 14,000 square feet, next goes to the county commission for approval.

The planning board did make an exception for a sliver of lots in the property’s southwest corner, allowing for a 10,000-square-foot minimum. Those lots would be on the other side of a creek and match the size in the adjacent West Oaks subdivision.

The application was the only one of four coming from District 3 that was heard.

One was withdrawn without prejudice, meaning the applicant can resubmit the same request at any point. The other two applications, including a 177-lot development on Campground and Wills roads, were postponed until Nov. 18.

The board also recommended approval of the following requests to:

* Rezone 5.6 acres on Dr. Bramblett Road, near Hwy. 369, from agricultural to a commercial business district with a conditional use permit to build a 4,800 square-foot building and open storage yard with 14 parking spaces.

The applicants, John and Lee Ann Frix, want to move their trucking company from Dawsonville to Forsyth. Fourteen dump trucks that haul construction materials would park behind the building in an attempt to block them from view of nearby homes.

The vote was 5-0 with some conditions, including additional setbacks and a buffer.

* Rezone about 4 acres on Nuckolls Road from agricultural to office and industrial district so Morgens Property & Investment Co. can develop office space with proposed buildings totaling 40,000 square feet with 153 parking spaces.

The site is one parcel from Hwy. 20, with the property in between housing four homes and open space. The vote was 4-0, with member Robert Hoyt recusing himself because, “I live next door.”