FORSYTH COUNTY -- Golf cart communities could be driving into Forsyth County.
Forsyth County commissioners voted unanimously at a recent work session to move forward with drafting a new ordinance to allow golf carts on certain county roads after a recent change in state law moved the matter from the Georgia Department of Transportation to local governments.
“It can be set up to where they have individual lanes or actual joint usage on any street that has a maximum speed limit of 25 miles per hour,” said Jeff Costolnick, with County Attorney Ken Jarrard’s law firm.
The new ordinance would pave the way for golf carts similar to Peachtree City, which has more than 100 miles of road dedicated for carts, pedestrians and cyclists, and would require plans for allowing golf carts and for governing the vehicles.
Proper signs would also be required.
“The plan would have certain state-required minimum specifications, most importantly being signage,” Costolnick said. “There would have to be signage paid for by the county at every intersecting state route that passes into county boundary.”
It is likely riders would be required to pay for the amenity, as governments can require a permitting fee of up to $15 for riders.
“We can’t require general state licensing certification, title, registration like an automobile, and that’s spelled out in the statute, but we can have simple registration and a registration fee,” Costolnick said.
County officials said they would also be speaking with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to get their input on the plan.
The new ordinance will require a pair of public hearings before the commission votes on the proposed ordinance. Dates for those hearings were not set at the meeting.