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Tie-breaking vote goes for south Forsyth private school

Other action

Also Tuesday night, Forsyth County’s planning board:

* Postponed an application submitted by Chris Kliros to rezone 90 acres from agricultural district, or A1, to single family residential district (Res-3) for 189 lots with a density of 2.1 units per acre. The property is in the middle of the Creekstone subdivisions on South Clement Road.

* Approved 1699 Land Company LLC’s application to rezone about 18 acres at Union Hill Road and McFarland Parkway from A1 to commercial business district, or CBD. The plan calls for 109,725 square feet of commercial, office, retail and restaurant establishments with 517 parking spaces.


-- Kayla Robins

SOUTH FORSYTH — In what has been a drawn-out and detailed process, a south Forsyth private parochial school looking to relocate received a go-ahead from the county’s planning board.

A deciding vote was made Tuesday night at the board’s public hearing meeting, a month after the application from St. John Bosco Academy was delayed due to a deadlock.

Pam Bowman of District 1 was absent from the May meeting and voted in favor of the request Tuesday. The application was presented as old business, meaning the vote was decision-only with no public comments allowed.

Bowman brought the vote to 3-2, with planning representative Greg Dolezal, whose District 3 includes the property, and District 2’s Jayne Iglesias opposed. Board members Alan Neal, the representative for District 4, and Robert Hoyt of District 5 were in favor.

The application did not receive support from the county’s planning and development staff, which Dolezal previously noted does not happen often.

Reasons for the non-supportive analysis included concerns about the site’s size — 4 acres to hold a 25,000-square-foot building and 71 parking spaces — and character of the surrounding, vastly residential properties on Shiloh Road.

The planning board is a recommending five-person body to the county commission, which is expected to hear the request in July.

Even though they were made as recommendations only, the school’s approval comes with about six amendments. Those include reducing the building size and the requiring a traffic officer during arrival and dismissal hours.

The existing academy sits on Old Atlanta Road, near Lambert High School and about six miles from the proposed site.

The new location is by St. Brendan’s Catholic Community and the south end of Fowler Park, both of which could be useful to students and staff.

Administrators say they hope to open at the new location in fall 2016.

Students in kindergarten through 12thgrade are homeschooled two or three days a week and attend classes on campus for the remaining days. A maximum of 250 students would be on campus each day.