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Planning board approves 33 homes off Gilbert Road south of Cumming
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Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County’s planning board approved a 33-home rezoning application Tuesday night to the dismay of a would-be neighbor.

The application, submitted by Edge City Properties Inc., seeks to change nearly 19 acres on Gilbert Road from an agricultural district, or A1, to a single-family residential district, or Res-3. This would allow for 33 lots to be built at 1.75 units per acre.

Resident Suzanne Chapman’s opposition to the rezoning centered on not knowing who the builder would be and possible flooding of adjacent properties when it rains. Gilbert Road runs between Old Atlanta and Trammel roads, southeast of Cumming.

After a public participation meeting, a revised concept plan included 100 feet of open space in between the eastern lots and the neighbors, which would contain a retention pond.

If approved by county commissioners — it’s expected they will hear the application April 16 — the rezoning would be developed under new Res-3 guidelines. This includes a minimum lot size of 14,750 square feet, instead of the previous 10,000 square-foot lot size minimum.

Res-3 subdivisions under the old requirements almost surround the proposed space in east Forsyth’s District 5.

The planning board, which is a recommending body to the county commission, voted 3-1 with District 2 representative Jayne Iglesias absent and Pam Bowman of District 1 dissenting.