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Commissioners approve RaceTrac on Canton Highway
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For the fourth time this year, Forsyth County Commissioners approved a new RaceTrac store.

The latest decision, made at a recent regular meeting, was to rezone about 5.6 acres at the intersection of Canton Highway and Post Road from single family residential district (R1) and commercial business district to commercial business district for the new store.

The motion passed 3-0, with Commissioners Pete Amos and Todd Levent absent. Though Amos represents the area, District 5 Commissioner Laura Semanson said she did not want it postponed.

“I have gotten direction from Commissioner Amos that he was wanting to move forward with this application this evening even though he was not going to be present for it,” she said.

RaceTrac stores appear to be growing in popularity in Forsyth County.

Commissioners 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.

The new store is planned for 89 parking spaces and will be open 24 hours per day.

The approval included a conditional-use permit and variances to reduce the front landscape strip from 15 to 14 feet, reducing the distance between petroleum storage and residential districts from 500 feet to 180 feet and increasing the distance of parking spaces to tree trunks from 50 feet to 52 feet.