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No vote on retirement center in north Forsyth
Planning board delays decision until next week
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Forsyth County News

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Also Tuesday, Forsyth County's planning board held public hearings on the following and will reconsider them next week:

* Proposed partial update to the county's comprehensive plan.

* Robert M. Baines' request for a conditional use permit for a school affiliated with Berean Baptist Church on about 5.7 acres at 7110 Majors Road.

* Brad Hartner's proposal to rezone 10 acres at Holland and Robbs Crossing drives from residential to agricultural.

-- Julie Arrington

Residents will have a second chance to voice concerns over a proposed retirement facility and shopping center in north Forsyth.

The Forsyth County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request Tuesday night, but was not able to vote on it or any of the other proposals because they had not been advertised far enough in advance.

Residents spoke out against Lindley Development's request for a conditional use permit on 8.7 acres along Jot Em Down Road.

The developer's plans call for a 45-unit personal care home/institutionalized living facility with 51 parking spaces.

Vincent Lindley, the developer, gave the board a March 12 report from the Department of Human Resources that reflects an immediate need of 1,788 personal care beds in the area.

Jonathan Goe, whose neighborhood backs up to the property, said residents had previously opposed Lindley's request to convert an existing home on the property to an institutionalized living facility.

"We did oppose that particular suggestion just because we've dealt with Lindley long enough to realize his tactics do change as they go along and it just puts us in a very precarious situation," Goe said.

A lake on the property is at the center of a lawsuit Lindley filed against neighboring residents, including Goe, and the Mountain Ridge Homeowners Association.

"There's a large amount of silt that was put into my lake from the subdivision and that's one of the parts of the lawsuit is we're requesting that they remove the silt that they put into my lake," Lindley said.

"This lake is on my private property. They have a recreational easement around the lake that they've never maintained ... there's stormwater runoff which they never maintained and it caused a significant amount of damage to my private lake."

He said he plans to restore the lake to its original state.

In addition, residents opposed the developer's request to rezone 16 acres, also on Jot Em Down Road, to neighborhood shopping. If approved, Lindley wants to build 74,150 square feet of retail and restaurant space with 367 parking spaces.

The planning board will reopen the public hearings at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23, deciding at that time whether to recommend the county commission approve or deny them.

The county commission could make the final decision on both proposals Jan. 15.