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Forsyth County zonings: church, cell tower, two neighborhoods among current requests
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Church may neighbor Denmark High School

What: Georgia-Cumberland Association of Seventh-day Adventists Inc. requested a conditional use permit to build a church sanctuary, school, gymnasium, multi-purpose field and pavilion totaling 37,000 square feet with 179 parking spaces almost 9 acres currently zoned agricultural district, or A1.

Where: Off Fowler Road, just south of Atlanta Hwy. (Hwy. 9) and west of Ga. 400, directly across from Denmark High School.

Concerns: District 3 planning commissioner Patrick Britt, whose district the application falls in, raised concerns regarding traffic and a “wicked turn” on Fowler Road.

Possibilities: At the public hearing Tuesday, Britt may condition that a police officer or other traffic enforcer be present to direct cars and buses.


Mixed-use neighborhood draws concerns in N. Forsyth

What: Ridge 19 LLC is seeking to rezone about 30 acres from a restricted industrial district, or M1, to a master planned district, or MPD, for 87 residential lots and proposed commercial buildings totaling 36,500 square feet with 186 parking spaces.

Where: On Sandy Court, just east of Ga. 400 and less than a mile north of the intersection with Cross Roads Road.

Planning staff: Not supportive, saying the concept plan does not represent a true mixed use development because the commercial and residential aspects are not integrated.

Concerns: District 4 planning commissioner Bettina Hammond, whose district the application falls in, was ready to move forward with the application until she said she heard District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent wants to meet with the property’s builder.

Possibilities: To be determined at the public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 27.


Staff not supportive of boat storage and offices on Lanier

What: GTMT LLC is requesting to rezone 1.45 acres from a lake residential, or LR, to a commercial business district, or CBD, with a conditional use permit for proposed storage and office buildings totaling 10,000 square feet with 10 parking spaces.

Where: Off Shady Grove Road, just south of Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369) in Cumming.

Planning staff: Staff said the area is not appropriate for a CBD — surrounding properties are residential and A1.

Concerns: District 5 planning commissioner Robert Hoyt, whose district the application falls in, disagreed with the planning staff, saying the property’s location is at the very edge of the residentially zoned properties and that its intended use is only to store “very big boats and some cars.” He also said the surrounding land is relatively undeveloped, but the property would be used for storage as opposed to “things that are going to be loud and frighten the cows.”

Possibilities: Hoyt is expected to make a recommendation at the public hearing Tuesday whether to send the application to the Board of Commissioners with and approval or denial.


Concerns flow from creek in 32-lot north Forsyth zoning

What: Samuel Palaio’s application is to rezone 33 acres from A1 to a single family community residential district, or CR2, for 32 lots.

Where: Off Hubert Martin Road, east of Matt Hwy. (Hwy. 369) and west of Dahlonega Hwy. (Hwy. 9).

Concerns: District 4 planning commissioner Bettina Hammond, whose district the application falls in, said the subdivision would look like two separate entities, given it is divided by Settingdown Creek. The applicant is requesting two entrances, which Hammond said she did not like — she suggested conditioning a single entrance with a bridge over the creek, though other board members disagreed, citing land disturbance should the banks of the creek be altered.

Possibilities: Hammond may suggest to down-zone the application to a single family residential Res-2 at the public hearing Tuesday and to decrease the number of lots from 32 to 28.

* The planning board makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners which has final say on rezoning requests.