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3 things to know from Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting
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Members of Forsyth County’s Planning Commission voted this week to give recommendations to county commissioners to deny a planned modification to the county’s unified development code related to storing petroleum products, approve a new wholesale auto dealership and approve a new self-storage building near Little Mill Middle School.

All items will go to the board of commissioners for final approval.

UDC change recommended for denial

What: In recent months, Forsyth County Commissioners have discussed UDC changes regarding petroleum storage that who have removed the local code, which requires a distance of 500 feet from any residential or office-residential zoned properties. Instead, the rules would default to the National Fire Protection Association’s standards.

Discussion: The matter had been discussed previously at a work session, and members of the board recommended commissioners deny the code change and perform a study on issues including above ground storage, the location of tanks and distances between users.

Vote: 3-2, with District 1 member Rusty Whitlow and District 4 member Bettina Hammond, to deny the changes.

Auto sales approved

What: A request for a conditional-use permit to operate a 1,750-square-foot vehicle sales dealership in an existing office building suite on 3.42 acres.

Where: 4250 Keith Bridge Road, Ste. 150

Discussion: After hearing from the zoning attorney and property owner, who stated the property would be used for auto wholesales for dealers instead of sales to individual customers. Staff did not support due to the intensity of use.

Vote: 5-0 to approve

Storage facility approved

What: Conditional-use permit for a climate-controlled and courtyard self-service storage building totaling 63,600 square feet with 197 parking spaces on 187 acres with an open storage yard.

Where: 6775 Browns Bridge Road

Discussion: Zoning attorney Christopher Light said the property was previously planned for a shopping center but nearby residents were more supportive of the storage facility. The facility will comply with standards of the Coal Mountain Overlay.

Vote: 5-0 to approve.