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Church gets OK in north Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got approval from Forsyth County commissioners on Thursday to amend zoning conditions, allowing them to build a church in north Forsyth.

The site, near Hwys. 9 and 369, borders Mountain Lake Church, whose members had previously voiced concerns about traffic safety and congestion in the area.

Commissioners had previously postponed the matter to see if the two churches could work out an agreement.

"We certainly want to be good neighbors and work with Mountain Lake Church, but we did not reach an agreement over the past two weeks," said attorney Ethan Underwood.

The LDS church offered and received a condition to stagger services with Mountain Lake to reduce traffic.

A traffic study contracted by the LDS church got approval from the state Department of Transportation. It concluded that a left turn lane was not needed.

Mountain Lake members disagreed and wanted more time to do their own study.

Also during Thursday's meeting, the commission appointed Craig Nolen as the Zoning Board of Appeals member and Jim Kelleher as the planning commissioner, both in District 3.

It also postponed a decision on rezoning a Hwy. 369 site for an open boat storage yard. The delay will allow for another public participation meeting.