A new dealership is planned in north Forsyth, though residents shouldn’t expect to see many of their products on the road.
At a recent work session, Forsyth County Commissioners approved starting the process for the county-initiated rezoning from commercial business district (CBD) to master planned district (MPD) for 32 acres at the northwest intersection of Ga. 400 and Hubbard Town Road for a Caterpillar Inc., dealership operated by Austell-based Yancey Bros. Co.
“Yancey has some other things that they do,” said Christopher Light, a zoning attorney representing the dealership. “They do service. They do wash bays. They have an operation that’s very unique to others.”
Light, who is also a member of the Cumming City Council, said the area had previously been considered for a bowling alley or other big box development.
“The county talks a lot about economic development and the tax digest,” Light said. “We’re not always going to get an Amazon, but if you look at the numbers of what these dealerships do and one user taking 32 acres of commercial and developing it, this is going to be an amazing opportunity. In fact, Gwinnett has a Yancey Dealership that is half the size of this, and the dealership numbers, the amount of ad valorem tax that is on the fleet on that property is out of this world.”
District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said public participation meetings with the community had already been held and she was meeting personally with some who still had concerns, especially some living in the Settlers Lake subdivision.
“We’re working out some of their trees and buffers with some of their residents,” Mills said. “Other than that, the citizens seem like [they approve.] It’s low-impact considering what it could be, so I think by and large people are pretty happy with it.”