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Rezoning OK'd after frequent delays
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County commissioners finally approved a residential rezoning application that had been postponed seven times.

The commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to grant the request to rezone about 16.5 acres in south Forsyth from agricultural to Residential-4 for Transmitter Road LLC.

The property was conditionally zoned to allow 46 lots with a maximum density of 2.6 units per acre on the site off of Old Atlanta Road.

The final lot and density numbers fell in between the applicant’s initial request and the recommendation of the planning commission after its review in September.

District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam said the delays in voting on the application allowed time to work with the developer on lowering the density and increasing the lot size.

“It’s an awkward piece of property bordered by a mine and six units an acre on one side,” Tam said.

Approved zoning conditions set a 2,500-square-foot minimum home size and a 10,000-square-foot lot size minimum.

The developer’s new request for variances for open space and distance between homes were addressed in a second public hearing on Thursday.

The variance requests accommodated the lot size and density plans.

Attorney Emory Lipscomb said the rezoning falls in line with that of the neighboring subdivision.

The developer is agreeable to the conditions that had been discussed, Lipscomb said.

“We have been at this for some time,” he said, “and we appreciate the cooperation we’ve received.”

The requirements for the lot size put the subdivision somewhere in between the county’s standards for a Res-3 and a Res-4, for which the number represents the units allowed per acre.

The commission is discussing whether to alter those standards and create another residential zoning district in between the two.