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Community center plan must start process anew
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Forsyth County News

Other action


Also Thursday, the Forsyth County commission:


• Directed staff to advertise the 2012 county millage rate at 7.656 mills, the same overall rate as in 2011.


• Approved changes to the county’s unified development code that would move the final say on alternative design reviews for the county’s two overlay districts from the planning board to the commission and add a public hearing. The measure passed 4-1, with Commissioner Patrick Bell opposed.


• Heard from three speakers who asked the commission to seek public input before finalizing its proposed project list for an upcoming vote on the continuation of the 1-cent sales tax. The vote could take place as early as November.


Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.


—   Alyssa LaRenzie

A contested conditional use permit for a proposed community center is headed back to Forsyth County’s planning board due to inadequate legal posting and public signs.

County commissioners did not make a decision on the permit for the center in the Crystal Cove Shores subdivision, as listed on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting, but rather voted 5-0 to start again.

"To make the process fair to all involved and to make it proper, there needs to be a remand and a new public hearing," said County Attorney Ken Jarrard.

Jarrard said the ads and signs were not consistent with the county’s unified development code.

Bridgepoint Community Networks submitted its permit application in September with plans for a 2,000-square-foot, faith-based youth community center on the half-acre site.

The applicant, who is also an ordained Christian minister, has said the center plans to offer Bible study, tutoring, skills improvement classes and other services.

Neighbors of the site have expressed opposition to the proposal, citing traffic, noise and property value concerns, among others.

Thursday, three residents asked the commission not to approve the permit during the public comment period.

"This is zoned a residential neighborhood and should remain a residential neighborhood," Jill Martin said. "Allowing one exception paves the way for future exceptions."

At the previous planning board hearing in late May, the five-member panel recommended approval of the permit in a 3-1 vote.

A date for the next hearing before the board has not yet been set.