Forsyth County’s newest planning commissioner got off to a fast start Tuesday during her first work session.
Jayne Iglesias, the recent appointee to District 2, described resident concerns with a rezoning application scheduled for a public hearing April 23.
The developer, Epic Homes, has requested a rezoning from agricultural to Residential-4 for 23 homes on Caney Road near Brookwood Road. The site is about 7.1 acres.
Iglesias said the impact on the school system and additional traffic to the busy intersection were among the concerns nearby property owners have raised.
Those living in neighboring subdivisions also asked the developer to consider adding a common area, though the county code requires one only for a community of at least 50 lots, she said.
“Because the neighborhoods that are around there have a public space, the neighborhoods that don’t, typically ask to use theirs,” Iglesias said.
Forsyth’s planning department was not supportive of the application, because the zoning classification didn’t meet the description in the county’s comprehensive plan, which calls for a higher-density town center.
“So the reason for staff being non-supportive is that it’s not dense enough?” Chairwoman Pam Bowman asked.
Planning Director Tom Brown agreed that the board often finds neighbors or staff in favor of a lower density, but this area of the county is one of a few marked for a different type of development.
“While we were doing the comprehensive plans, one of things that kept coming up again and again in the document is that we don’t have a lot of different options in our housing stock,” Brown said. “There’s not that many places where [high residential density] shows up on the map, but this is one of them.”
The board also discussed the traffic issues and directed staff to get some information on the county’s plans for Brookwood and Caney roads prior to the public hearing.
Iglesias was appointed to the panel April 9 by District 2 Commission Brian Tam, who represents south Forsyth.
Previous member Pam Livesay asked not to be reappointed after 16 years on the board.
According to Iglesias’ bio, she is the president of the Forsyth County PTA and serves on the board of directors for Mentor Me North Georgia.
She has lived in Forsyth County since 2005 with her husband and two daughters.