Also during Tuesday’s work session, Forsyth County’s planning board discussed:
* A new landscape condition that is meant to provide customized “visual screening and an aesthetically attractive streetscape as viewed from the right of way” to be used instead of a uniformed buffer.
* The Neighbor’s Guide to Public Engagement brochure, which will explain how residents can participate in the public process of applications.
That would include what they should expect through various steps, meeting breakdowns, how neighbors are notified of applications, how to contact commissioners and where they can find more information.
The brochure likely will be available by May.
-- Kayla Robins
SOUTH FORSYTH — A southwest Forsyth church has applied to the county for a rezoning that would allow an expansion of its building and parking capacity.
3D Project Management/David Gay filed the application on behalf of Christ Community Church of the Assembly of God, which is on Campground Road, just north of Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9).
Two current zonings spanning 9 acres owned by the church are a mix of agricultural land, or A1, and Commercial Business District, or CBD. The church’s desire is to rezone both parcels to A1 with a conditional use permit.
After an addition to the existing building, the church would total 31,609 square feet with 181 parking spaces.
A1-zoned lots neighbor the property to the north and east, while single-family residential district Res-3 property sits to the south and west. There is also a CBD property with existing retail stores to the east on Hwy. 9.
Though the application still must pass through the Forsyth County planning board’s public hearing April 28 and be approved by the county commission — a hearing is set for May 21 — the project includes an area in the additions for classrooms.
The planning board, a recommending body to the county commission, discussed during its work session Tuesday whether there would be enough parking spaces.
According to the unified development code, the number of parking spaces is proportional to the number of seats in the worship hall.
The developer’s current plan is for 720 seats, for which the code allows a quarter of parking spaces.