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Rezonings involve new eatery, subdivision
Before planning board on Oct. 23
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Forsyth County News

Public hearings will be held next week for two proposed projects, including a new restaurant near Cumming.

During its work session Tuesday night, Forsyth County’s planning board had no major issues with rezoning requests for a Panera Bread in Lakeland Plaza and a 50-lot subdivision in west Forsyth.

“It was the shortest work session we’ve ever had, 15 minutes maybe,” said planning board member Pam Bowman.

The request for Panera Bread would rezone the property, previously home to a Blockbuster Video, from neighborhood shopping to commercial business district.

Bowman said the eatery would occupy the same 6,044-square-foot building, but would include a drive-through as well as 61 parking spaces.

“They’re just renovating that building,” Bowman said. “The reason they had to have a rezoning is because they had a drive-through and they can’t have a drive-through with neighborhood shopping.”

The second request before the board proposes rezoning more than 34 acres from agricultural to single family residential for the subdivision.

The property is about 750 feet west of where Aaron Sosebee and Bethelview roads meet.

There wasn’t much discussion because “there are conditions that have been set up … everything has already been worked out,” according to Bowman.

County Planner Teressa Cox said after the work session that board members “were ready to move forward with both public hearings on Oct. 23.”