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Forsyth County planning board discusses storage facility, horse stable
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The Forsyth County planning board, which serves as a recommending committee for the Board of Commissioners, held their monthly work session on Tuesday, Aug. 22, where they discussed zoning applications to be heard at their Aug. 29 public hearing.

Storage facility requested in south Forsyth

  • What: MVS Properties LLC is requesting a CUP to build a 161,000-square-foot climate-controlled storage facility with 26 parking spaces on about 3.5 acres currently zoned commercial business district (CBD). A variance seeks to eliminate the zoning buffer abutting an A1-zoned property from along the western property boundary.
  • Where: On Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south) in south Forsyth, just north of Hamby Road.
  • Comments: Planning commissioners expressed several concerns at Tuesday’s work session, noting the building’s large size and its proximity to other storage facilities — both proposed and established — in the area. Whitlow said the size of the building “consumes” the area. Planning staff were not supportive of the application, due to its size.
  • Possibilities: The planning board may deny the application at next week’s public hearing, though they had not made any firm decision as of Tuesday.

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Office building owner requests all-encompassing permit for tenants

  • What: The applicant is requesting a 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: Board members were favorable to the request, who has come before them previously to request CUPs for individual units in the building. 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.
  • Possibilities: The planning board was supportive, though Guy, whose district the application falls in, said he would likely condition denial of certain ‘personal service’ businesses such as laundromats, dry cleaners, tattoo parlors and massage parlors.

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South Forsyth MPD postponed due to no return phone calls

  • What: Liu Investment Partners LLLP wants to rezone about 18.5 acres from CBD, O&I and R1 to an MPD for 79 attached residential units with a density of about 4.3 units per acre and commercial buildings totaling 50,000 square feet with 261 parking spaces.
  • Where: On McFarland Parkway on the east side of Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south).
  • Comments: Board members postponed the application until September but said the likelihood of it being approved would be “kind of a long shot” due to the fact that pre-zoned CBD and O&I space is rare in the county. Planning board members also said the applicant has no attorney and is not answering or returning their phone calls, which contributed to their decision to postpone.
  • Possibilities: The planning board will take up the issue in September.

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Rezoning requested for horse stable

  • 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: Whitlow, whose district the application falls in, said the county’s engineering department wants Suddeth to dedicate a right-of-way for county use so if they want it, they can take it at a later date. Whitlow said he does not want that happening.
  • Possibilities: Whitlow suggested he would recommend approval of the application as-is, saying if the county wants the right-of-way land, they would have to pay Suddeth for it.