Forsyth County will likely amend its unified development code to reflect changes in the business world.
Commissioners voted unanimously at a meeting Tuesday to move forward with changing categories for day cares, religious facilities, storage business and auto centers. For all four, the proposed changes are intended to split categories for businesses that are similar but that have different business models and are better suited for different areas.
Currently, the unified development code, which is the county’s set of land use and zoning rules, says automobile sales and service establishments are only allowed in community business and highway business districts, or CBD and HB.
If approved, the code would split the section into minor automobile service establishments, major automobile service establishments, vehicle rental establishments and vehicle sales dealership, with each being appropriate for certain zoning districts.
The change for storage facilities would split more traditional outdoor mini-warehouses and climate-controlled indoor storage facilities, which officials said are becoming more popular.
For day cares, the split would be for day care facilities serving seven or more kids and a “family day care home” serving between three and six children. Both would be conditional uses in agriculture and residential districts.
“What we heard here was … that we’re looking to have day cares in more areas,” said Tom Brown, director of planning and community development for Forsyth County.
Currently the code differentiates between day cares serving 10 persons or less and those serving more than 10, with the latter only allowed in single family residential Res-3 district.
Religious facilities “used by a bona fide religious group” would be split based on whether they are larer or smaller than 10,000 square feet.
Those larger than 10,000 square feet would not be allowed in residential or agricultural districts, with the smaller buildings requiring conditional use permits within those categories.
Public hearings on the changes will be held in front of the county’s planning board on Oct. 25 and for the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 1.