The Forsyth County commission on Thursday authorized hiring outside counsel for an upcoming county Zoning Board of Appeals hearing other than the county attorney, but at the same or lower hourly rate.
County Attorney Ken Jarrard said that “peculiar facts with respect to that situation” raised by the appellant’s counsel cause him to step down “out of an abundance of caution.”
The administrative decision appeal by Robert Windsor was scheduled to be heard Tuesday, but Jarrard said it will be postponed to the Sept. 3 meeting of the ZBA.
The appeal centers on the planning department’s denial of Windsor’s request to combine two parcels in different subdivision plats, according to the application.
Also during their meeting Thursday, commissioners:
* Approved changes to the alcohol ordinance that will: allow staff to contact applicants by e-mail; establish fees for sales IDs and appeals; let most alcohol license name changes be processed administratively; process all employee violations at the staff level with an option to appeal; reduce the fee for a wholesale license; and require a violator to post a provided sign during a suspension rather than county staff.
* Granted variances to front yard setbacks and home distance separation for certain lots in the planned Bridleton subdivision in south Forsyth. The community borders the Chattahoochee River and Olde Atlanta Club.
* Awarded a proposal for geo-technical and material testing services for the construction of the jail, courthouse and parking decks to Nova Engineering for $230,000.
Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.