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Board may postpone hearing on 189-home subdivision in south Forsyth
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Also during its work session Tuesday night, Forsyth County’s planning board discussed:

* An application from Jennifer A. Blackburn for a conditional use permit to build a 160-foot Verizon Wireless monopole at Peachtree Parkway and Majors Road. The pole would provide expanded telecommunications services and coverage on nearly 2 acres currently zoned commercial business district.

* An application submitted by 1699 Land Company LLC to rezone nearly 18 acres at the corner McFarland Parkway and James and Union Hill roads, from agriculture to commercial business district. If approved, it would allow for a 109,725-square-foot building for commercial, office and retail establishments with 517 parking spaces.


-- Kayla Robins

SOUTH FORSYTH — A new subdivision may be coming to South Clements Road, nestled between the Creekstone neighborhoods in south Forsyth, though a public hearing on the rezoning request likely will be delayed.

The 90 acres in question lay just west of where Peachtree Parkway and Old Alpharetta Road fork, surrounded by single-family residential, or res, neighborhoods developed at various densities from .88 to 3.6 units per acre.

The rezoning application was submitted by Chris Kliros and discussed Tuesday by Forsyth County’s planning board. It seeks a Res-3 zoning for 189 lots with a density of 2.1 units per acre, 73 of which would have a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet. The rest would have a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet.

The undeveloped land is zoned as Agricultural District, or A1.

At the work session, District 5 planning representative Robert Hoyt aired the possibility that the applicant had reduced the number of lots to 166 after originally starting at 224.

He said the subdivision’s potential neighbors want a Res-2 zoning, which is less dense than Res-3 and was created this year to prevent uniformity, and 110-140 units.

They also voiced a desire for a different or second entrance at a public participation meeting, as well as a traffic light at Peachtree Parkway or enlarging the roundabout at the entrance to Ballantrae Circle.

However, the planning board can’t require a light to be installed.

Hoyt said compromises had not been reached and suggested postponing the application’s public hearing until next month to give involved parties more time to work out details.

But the board cannot vote to postpone a scheduled public hearing at a work session. It must do so at the public hearing, which is set for June 23.

If it is postponed, a decision would have to be made during July’s meetings to adhere to application timeline requirements.

Any decision the planning board makes is sent to the county commission, which has the final say on such matters, as a recommendation.