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Staggered building permits a possibility in Forsyth County

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth commissioners are considering whether to cap the number of homes certain developments can build until new county high schools are built.

Limiting developments of 300 or more homes to 100 building permits per year was used as an example during the discussion.

The staggering of a buildout would give the county an opportunity to improve infrastructure, particularly roads and schools.

Commissioner Brian Tam proposed putting an ending date of 2018, the year two new high schools are set to open, on the proposed cap.

“For planning purposes we’ve done that before, put that on a condition,” Tam said. “In the year 2018, a new high school opens, a non-traditional school opens, that’s 3,400 seats anyway … it just seems like we’re a little tight until then.”

County Attorney Ken Jarrard said that commissioners currently do have the authority to put such a condition on zonings on a case-by-case basis.

No action was taken on the matter during a work session Tuesday, and it likely will be revisited in the near future.

Commissioner Todd Levent also brought up the possibility of considering a new subdivision’s density, with higher ones receiving a lower percentage of building permits.

“In other words, you reward them if they’re a (lower density) Res-2 no limit, and to have a (higher density) Res 3 or a certain density you may have an X limit,” Levent said.

“If their density is a just little bit higher, then maybe they don’t get as much again.”