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Density at issue by Echols
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Also during its meeting Tuesday night, Forsyth County’s planning board:

* Split a vote on a recommendation for The Providence Group of Georgia, which requested a rezoning from commercial to Res-4 for about 30 acres on Peachtree Parkway, near Brookwood Road.

Planning commissioners Jayne Iglesias and Alan Neal voted in favor of a Res-3 and Pam Bowman and Craig Nolen were opposed.

Since the public hearing was held in August, the board reached its time limit on application, which will be sent to the county commission without a recommendation.

* Recommended approval to rezone about 87 acres on Old Atlanta Road to Res-4 with a conditional use permit for senior housing.

The site, across from St. Marlo Country Club, is slated for development of an assisted living facility and independent living quadriplexes for seniors.

The board favored the proposal with conditions in a 3-1 vote, with Nolen opposed.

* Recommended approval to rezone about 24 acres on Stoney Point Road near Peachtree Parkway from agricultural to Res-6 for an age-restricted development.

The request by Howard Carson will allow for an active-adult community to be built next to its sister neighborhood, the Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm.

The vote was 3-1 in favor, with Nolen dissenting.


Note: Planning Commissioner Joe Moses was absent.


-- Alyssa LaRenzie

While some south Forsyth residents are rallying against the growing trend toward high density residential development, people in other areas of the county hope to preserve the existing agricultural character.

Tuesday night, the Forsyth County planning board heard from residents living off Echols Road who have concerns about a proposed rezoning to Res-2 for a subdivision abutting their large lots.

The request by D.R. Horton would allow for nearly 8 acres to be added to 62 acres planned for a subdivision. The overall density has been proposed at about 1.1 units per acre.

The board voted 4-0, with member Joe Moses absent, to approve the rezoning from agricultural to Res-2, but without the requested variances to eliminate buffers and setbacks and to reduce the distance between homes.

Neighbors along Twin Branches Road, near Echols and Hwy. 20, said they moved there to enjoy the privacy of the natural area.

If the developer moves forward with the subdivision, adjacent homeowners asked for adequate buffers to shield that view.

Attorney Ethan Underwood, representing D.R. Horton, said the variances were requested to allow the oddly shaped 8 acres to conform with the larger 62 acres zoned residential.

Underwood said the developer had worked with certain neighbors who were agreeable with reducing the buffer and suggested certain lots that would be good candidates to keep the buffer requirement.

However, the planning board opted not to grant any variances.

Its recommendation will go to the county commission for a final vote, possibly on Oct. 17.