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Home sites OK'd along Lake Lanier
Owner addresses neighbors' worries
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Also during their meeting Thursday, Forsyth County commissioners:

• Held a public hearing on changes to the unified development code that would set size standards for accessory structures based on lot acreage and percentage of the home, as well as regulate the length of halls or foyers connecting the two.

The modifications are aimed at closing a loophole in which a homeowner can connect structures to avoid the accessory regulations.

The vote afterward was 3-1, with Commissioner Patrick Bell opposed, to revisit the issue at a June 26 work session.

• Postponed until July 5 a public hearing on a rezoning for Mashburn Farms and consideration of an associated settlement agreement.

• Opted not to move forward with public hearings on modifications to the Forsyth County Solid Waste Ordinance to further discuss the changes June 26.

The ordinance could, among other changes, set infrastructure maintenance fees for haulers that offer recycling and use the in-county landfill. It also includes reductions for those headquartered in the county.

Note: All votes were 4-0, with Commissioner Pete Amos absent, unless otherwise noted.

A landowner has received approval of a sketch plat for 13 proposed residential lots on Lake Lanier.

The 71-acre site at Pilgrim Mill Road and Etcetera Lane would be divided into lots ranging from less than 3 acres to more than 9 acres.

The lots would run along 4,200 feet of lake shoreline, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Owner Loch Ness Investments plans to retain possession of one lot with its family home and another lot to create parking for the community dock, which has a permit for 12 slips.

According to Loch Ness’ public participation report to Forsyth County, no decision has been made on when to sell the properties.

“Future decision in this matter will be determined by the economy and real estate market trends,” the letter read.

On Thursday, county commissioners voted 4-0, with Pete Amos absent, to approve the plan after asking the family’s attorneys to work out some acceptable conditions with neighbors.

Attorney Brian Rochester said the owner had addressed many of the nearby residents’ concerns after a January public participation meeting.

“We can ask for density comparable of about seven times what we’re asking for,” Rochester said. “Once they understood what could be developed there and what we are proposing there, that frankly went away.”

Two neighbors who spoke during the public hearing asked for a larger minimum home size and increased setback and buffer requirements.

The property owner did agree to a minimum 2,000 square foot condition and extending the buffer for a specific lot due to the configuration of a neighbor’s home.