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70-lot neighborhood in north Forsyth will be first of its kind
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NORTH FORSYTH -- A first-of-its kind zoning was approved last week by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

During a recent regular meeting, commissioners approved 5-0 to annex 36 acres for up to 70 lots on A C Smith and Goodson roads, rezoning it from agricultural district, or A1, to single family community district, or CR2.

The rezoning is the first CR2 approved in the county after the commission approved its creation last year.

“This is going to be the first CR2, so we really wanted to be sure, because it is setting a precedence, that it was done very well,” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, who represents the area of District 4 in north Forsyth.

Mills said the developer reworked the property to include a swimming pool and will not be pursuing the full 72 lots that were proposed in the initial rezoning application.

“It says 70 lots in the conditions. I think it’s going to be one less than that,” she said.

The CR2 category was approved by commissioners in 2015 and conditions an average lot size of 16,000 square feet.

The category allows developers to offer move variety than other residential zonings with a 10,000-square-foot minimum — as long as the average throughout the property is still 16,000 square feet.

Similarly, the minimum lot width is 65 feet, with an 80-foot minimum.

Minimum lot sizes for this category fall between those for a single family residential Res-2 zoning — 18,500 square feet — and the 14,750-square-foot requirement for a single family residential Res-3 district.

Other requirements for CR2 are a minimum area of 30 acres for the development, a maximum density of two units per acre and at least 8 percent of the land reserved for be common area.