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New mailbox setup an issue for proposed south Forsyth subdivision
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Traditional mailboxes such as this will not be featured in new subdivisions thanks to a new U.S. Postal Service guideline. - photo by For the FCN

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During its meeting Jan. 27, Forsyth County’s planning board will hear two rezoning requests that would add a combined 9.25 acres to a proposed development of 183 town homes.

The board also may make its recommendations to the county commission on requests for developments that have 177, 164, 210 and 255 lots, mostly in Forsyth’s south and west districts

 

-- Kayla Robins

SOUTH FORSYTH — Recent U.S. Postal Service guidelines that require new subdivisions to have a cluster mailbox setup have posed a dilemma for developers of one would-be south Forsyth project.

On Tuesday, Forsyth County’s planning board will consider a request to rezone about 21 acres on Old Alpharetta Road from an agricultural district (A1) to Residential, or Res, 3.

The biggest issue with the proposal appears to be where to put the mailbox cluster since the lots leave no room for it.

District 2 representative Jayne Iglesias said the cluster typically can be attached to the side of a clubhouse or recreation building, which have the required parking spaces and don’t take up additional room.

However, the development’s plan calls for 28 lots at 1.35 units per acre with no amenities, so the kiosk would need a parking space or pull-off lane.

If the cluster doesn’t have a canopy, which board members agreed looks better than a stark metal box, it can be put in open space. However, in this case that would also cut into a home lot.

The board also discussed whether the existing water main would be sufficient to provide services to the new homes or whether an off-site main may be needed.