Forsyth County commissioners made several zoning decisions at a recent work session including approving plans to move ahead with a new office/warehouse building, a new coffee or doughnut restaurant and a new engineering development.
All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.
More warehouse space
Applicant: Forsyth County
Where: 5720 and 5730 Commerce Boulevard
What is it: An office/warehouse development on 9.8 acres zoned restricted industrial district (M1).
Decision: Commissioners voted to approve county-initiated sketch plat.
Notes: The development will be two buildings and will sit behind the Walmart on Atlanta Highway. Plans show the buildings will be 36,000 square feet and 37,200 square feet with a total of 110 parking spaces.
Applicant: John Steward
Where: 8615 Browns Bridge Road
What is it: An open storage yard on 2.1 acres.
Decision: Commissioners approved a conditional-use permit for allowing around-the-clock access to the business with 74 parking spaces.
Applicant: The McMahon Group LLC
Where: 5740 Steeplechase Blvd., Ste. 106
What is it: A 3,025-square-foot indoor gym called Eat the Frog Fitness on 1.9 acres.
Decision: Commissioners approved a conditional-use permit to allow around-the-clock operation with 18 parking spaces.
Notes: Attorney Emory Lipscomb said the name of the businesses came from the Mark Twain quote, “Eat a live frog first thing every morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Coffee or doughnut restaurant
Applicant: Atlantis Investments LLC
Where: The northwest intersection of McGinnis Ferry and Old Atlanta roads.
What is it: A restaurant totaling 5,920 square feet with 27 parking spaces.
Decision: Commissioners voted to rezone 1.4 acres from agricultural district (A1) to commercial business district (CBD).
Notes: District 2 Commissioner Dennis Brown said the property had been proposed for a gas station, though those plans had changed. A condition in the zoning said the property would be “limited to a drive-through facility for a coffee-centric or a doughnut-centric restaurant.”