Neighbors of a northeastern Forsyth shopping center applauded Thursday night when county commissioners denied a request to change the site’s zoning conditions.
The new owner of Little Mill Station sought to amend conditions that prohibited alcohol, restaurants with a drive-up window and an entrance to the property from Little Mill Road.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to deny the request after a public hearing that drew much opposition.
The applicant, 6730 Browns Bridge Road LLC, hoped to expand and make the nearly vacant strip more marketable to tenants, said Eric Johansen, an engineer representing the owner. The lone business in the space is a Subway shop.
Johansen said the commercially-zoned property across Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369) does not have the same restrictions. “All we’re asking to do is be the same,” he said.
Access to Little Mill would allow drivers to use the traffic light to get back on Browns Bridge Road and improve safety, Johansen added.
Residents living off of Little Mill and Diana Circle behind the center felt the circumstances warranted keeping those conditions.
Increased traffic and the severe incline onto Little Mill stirred safety concerns.
Residents also noted the site has had previous amendments approved and that the original 1996 zoning conditions were enacted to maintain the area’s character and promote quality development.