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Commissioners approve synagogue, mixed-use development
Forsyth County

At their Sept. 21 regular meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved several rezoning applications that had been sent to them by the planning commission, a board that serves as a recommending committee for the BOC.

Office building ownerapproved for all-encompassing permit

What: The applicant is requesting a conditional use permit (CUP) to operate personal service establishments, such as hair and nail salons, tutoring facilities and dance studios in an existing 24,514-square-foot office building on about 2 acres with 116 parking spaces currently zoned office and institutional district (O&I).

Where: In McGinnis Village just north of McGinnis Ferry Road in south Forsyth.

Comments: District 5 commissioner Laura Semanson asked why the applicant was requesting an all-encompassing CUP. Planning Director Tom Brown explained the applicant has come before the planning board previously to request CUPs for individual units in the building and this CUP would apply for the entire building, which the applicant owns, so he would not be required to come back for every new space he wants to lease to tenants. Existing businesses include tutoring facilities, dance studios, hair and nail salons and other personal services. A list of prohibited uses includes: tattoo parlors, dry cleaners, massage parlors, adult entertainment or novelty stores and thrift stores, among others.

Vote: 4-0, with the District 2 seat vacant.

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Board approves rabbi’s permit to operate synagogue

What: Levi Mentz, co-director and rabbi of Chabad of Forsyth County, applied for a conditional use permit (CUP) to operate a synagogue in an existing house currently zoned A1. The CUP is also asking for 10 parking spaces.

Where: On Brannon Road in south Forsyth, just south of Ronald Reagan.

Comments: The planning board unanimously approved the application, calling the county “very lucky” to have a diverse religious presence. The BOC expressed similar feelings.

Vote: 4-0.

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North Forsyth small mixed-use development approved

What: Tallant Family Limited Partnership wants to rezone from A1 and single family residential district (R1) to a master planned district (MPD) on about 20 acres for 55 residential lots with a density of 2.7 units per acre and commercial buildings totaling 39,000 square feet with 161 parking spaces.

Where: On Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9 north), south of Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369).

Comments: The planning board saw this application twice, but this was the first time it was presented to the BOC. One resident told the planning board he opposed to the application because he did not want homes to look “cookie cutter” in the development. The BOC approved the application, with District 4 commissioner Cindy Jones Mills saying her planning commissioner, Bettina Hammond, worked hard on the application.

Vote: 4-0.

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20-lot application remanded back to planning board

What: Van D. Hall wants to rezone about 17 acres from A1 and single family residential restricted district (R2R) to single family residential Res-4 district for 20 lots with a density of 1.2 units per acre.

Where: On Mathis Airport Parkway, south of Old Atlanta Road in south Forsyth.

Comments: The attorney representing the applicant said District 2 planning board member Stacy Guy should recuse himself from the application due to Guy’s sentiments on traffic and his reasons for denial, which included traffic and his opposition to Res-3 and Res-4 zonings. At a majority of planning meetings, Guy pushed for Res-2 zonings, which he calls “the will of the people.” The planning board previously discussed the traffic concerns, with District 1 planning board member Rusty Whitlow questioning whether traffic concerns “would stop [all] development in [Guy’s] area.”

Vote: 4-0 remanded back to planning board.

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105-lot subdivision approved in north Forsyth

What: TRB Bethelview LLC is requesting to rezone about 88.5 acres from agricultural district (A1) to single family residential Res-3 district for 130 lots with a density of about 1.5 units per acre.

Where: On Hurt Bridge Road in north Forsyth, just west of the intersection with Holbrook Road.

Comments: The planning board previously wrote a condition stating the maximum number of lots would be 105, which the BOC agreed with. The BOC also added condition No. 33 that all lots shall be a minimum of 80 feet wide. 

Vote: 4-0.

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Application for Res-2 neighborhood off Hwy. 306 approved

What: Pilgrim Mill Family Partnership LLLP asked to rezone about 109 acres currently zoned A1 to single family residential Res-2 district for 126 lots with a density of 1.16 units per acre.

Where: On Hightower Circle, right off Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) in north Forsyth.

Comments: Mills made some minor changes to conditions the planning board previously sent.

Vote: 4-0.

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Rezoning requested for horse stable approved

What: Kimberly Marie Suddeth wants to rezone about 5 acres from R2R to A1 to build a 1,152-square-foot non-commercial horse stable.

Where: On Pleasant Grove Road southwest of Dr. Bramblett Road in north Forsyth.

Comments: The BOC was in favor of the application.

Vote: 4-0.