Commissioners had a busy meeting this week tackling subjects including a potential reduced area for apartments, a license suspension and ordinance changes.
License approvals and suspension
Alcohol licenses were approved for The Bullpen at 2619 Freedom Parkway, Wild Wings Café at 410 Peachtree Parkway Ste. 242, Circle M Food Shop at 901 Buford Highway and Priya Indian Cuisine at 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road Ste. 226A.
After two violations of the county’s non-traditional tobacco ordinance in less than 24 months, Vapors Emporium 655 Atlanta Road, Ste. 510 received a 10-day license suspension that will start on Monday.
Public hearing to be held on new name
After being discussed last week at a work session, commissioners approved moving ahead with a public hearing to allow residents to say whether or not they would like to see Forsyth County as a postal code identifier.
The change would mean those who have addresses for cities outside the county, such as Suwanee, Alpharetta or Gainesville, could avoid confusion by using the county name as their address for mail and identification.
During a public comments portion of the meeting, county resident Carter Patterson said he favored the change. Patterson said many of those who supported the city of Sharon Springs, which was not approved by voters earlier this year, did so because of the naming issue.
“Probably the most common reason given to me was they didn’t like their address,” he said. “They didn’t like saying they live in Suwanee, Georgia when they don’t live anywhere near Suwanee, Georgia.”
The change would require congressional approval.
The public hearing will be held on Oct. 4.
Apartment corridor defeated
After some discussion of a proposal to limit apartment construction to within 2,500 feet of Ga. 400, commissioners voted unanimously to deny the proposal. Currently, apartments are only allowed in certain nodes under the county’s comprehensive plan.
Robert Long, vice president of economic development for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said he was concerned the designation could create a “run” on property near the roadway that might be more suitable for commercial properties.
District 4 Commissioner Cindy Mills also strongly condemned it before the final vote.
“I’d like to throw it in the garbage,” Mills said of the proposal.
Hotel CUP approved
A conditional-use permit to operate a hotel was also approved for community business district zoned property at 915 Buford Highway.
Long said more hotels locally will keep tax dollars in Forsyth and that the county had significantly fewer than those in surrounding areas.
“The city of Alpharetta, with a population of around 65,000, has almost 30 hotels,” he said. “Forsyth County, population 230,000, we have seven hotels in our community right now. We are underserved.”
District 5 Laura Semanson said the hotel was first approved about a decade ago and the approval was a “housekeeping issue” after county standards changes for the Buford Highway Overlay and requirements for conditional-use permits for hotels since the original approval.