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Variances granted for auto sales firm
Owner wants to revitalize site
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Forsyth County News

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Also during its meeting Tuesday night, the Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals:

* Approved front and side yard variances for a home in the Lanier Woods subdivision to allow for a swimming pool in the front yard. County code also requires fencing.

* Granted a rear yard variance of 10 feet for Peachtree Communities LLC to allow for a new home’s deck to encroach into the setback. The home is in the Quail Hollow subdivision.

* Approved a rear yard variance of 7 feet for Bynum Properties LLC to allow for a covered outside area for a new home in the Greystone Trace subdivision. The lot in the previously stalled subdivision backs up to Dr. Bramblett Road.


Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.


-- Alyssa LaRenzie

The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals granted three variances Tuesday night to allow for a planned expansion and revitalization of a commercial property on Atlanta Highway.
The board voted 5-0 to approve a side yard, rear yard and buffer variance for a .76-acre property owned by William Werkheiser on the highway across from Commerce Boulevard.

Site engineer Brian Cole said the variances will accommodate a site plan that will rejuvenate a used auto sales business that has become an eyesore.

“The new owners are trying to clean it up,” Cole said. “They’re going to use the auto dealership there now, and they’re trying to come into compliance with the new codes.”

The plan calls for a extending the existing building to the rear of the property, which necessitated the variances, he said.

An old house on an adjoining property will be demolished to open up more space for parking.

The site will still be used for auto sales, and a service center will be added.

The board required a 6-foot landscape strip around the property to buffer the neighboring residents.

A 15-foot landscape strip will also be planted on the Hwy. 9 frontage in accordance with the Atlanta Highway-McFarland Parkway-Mullinax Road overlay district.

The district, approved by the county commission in May 2012, also requires a board fence on the road frontage and architectural standards for building materials.