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Forsyth County adds new residential district

FORSYTH COUNTY — A recent change to Forsyth County’s unified development code has resulted in a new residential district.

The county commission approved the measure in a 3-2 vote Thursday night, with Commissioners Brian Tam and Todd Levent opposed.

For the new single family community residential district, or CR2, there will be an average lot size of 16,000 square feet.

That sits between the averages of single family residential 2, known as Res2, of 18,500 square feet and the 14,750 square feet for single family residential 3, or Res3.

“This district is going to be fairly close to Res3,” said Tom Brown, the county’s director of planning and community development. “You’re going to see some projects where maybe they’re able to squeeze out a few lots that they couldn’t in Res3, and you’ll see some where they won’t be able to fit in as many as Res3.

“It’s going to come down to the difference is lot size and lot width and the size of the property.”

However, CR2 allows developers to offer move variety with a 10,000 square feet absolute minimum, as long as the average is still 16,000 square feet. Similarly, the minimum lot width is 65 feet, with an 80 feet minimum. 

“People love to say, ‘Oh they’re trying to create a category that offers 10,000-square-foot lots,’” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills. “But they don’t say that for every 10,000-square-foot lot, there has to be a 22,000-square-foot lot.”

The zoning also has some other differences, including not allowing day care centers, personal care homes or conservation subdivisions.

In addition, the CR2 designation establishes that the minimum lot area be 30 acres, with a maximum density of two units per acre. Also, 8 percent of the development must be common area.