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Private school gets OK for south Forsyth move

SOUTH FORSYTH — A south Forsyth private parochial school got the go-ahead for a new location Thursday when the Forsyth County commission approved a rezoning for a 4-acre site on Shiloh Road.

St. John Bosco Academy Inc. requested to rezone the property from agricultural district, or A1, to single-family residential Res-3 to build a 25,000-square-foot building with 71 parking spaces.

The school will hold a maximum of 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade two or three days a week while they are homeschooled for the remaining days.

The vote was 4-0 in favor, with District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent recusing himself for a conflict of interest, as he has submitted an application for his children to attend the school if the location was approved.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the commission:

* Accepted a donation from a private property owner of nearly 20 acres contiguous with Chattahoochee Pointe Park.

The land will be used as passive recreational space in exchange for a Georgia conservation tax credit.

* Allowed Jennifer A. Blackburn to withdraw without prejudice a request for a conditional use permit to build a Verizon telecommunications monopole on the property of Scott’s Auto Center.

During a previous meeting of the county’s planning board, the proposal had drawn concern from nearby residents.

* Approved a resolution to lift the moratorium on building and permitting signs that had been in effect since June 26.

In an effort to adhere to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that local governments cannot deny signs based on content, the resolution allows signs to be erected and permitted immediately, while placing “narrow limits” on government enforcement.

The commission had enacted the moratorium to allow staff time to review the matter.