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North Forsyth commercial moratorium extended
Coal Mountain

NORTH FORSYTH -- A moratorium on commercial zonings in north Forsyth will go on a little longer.

At a special called meeting on Monday, Forsyth County commissioners unanimously approved a 90-day extension of the moratorium, which will now go through June 18.

“The whole purpose of this extension and the whole moratorium in the first place was to allow the development of a Coal Mountain Overlay,” County Attorney Ken Jarrard said. “That is very much a work in progress.”

There were no speakers at a required public hearing.

Originally adopted on Dec. 20, 2016 for 30 days, the moratorium affects portions of Districts 1, 4 and 5.

If a portion of a property falls into the moratorium area, the entire property will be under the moratorium. The commercial portion of master planned district, or MPD, zonings will be subject to the moratorium.

The moratorium only applies to properties under the county’s unified development code Chapter 12, which are commercial and office districts.
Industrial zonings are not in that part of the code and will not be affected.

The area of the moratorium is diamond-shaped with four points.

The original boundaries of the moratorium were the intersections of: Matt Highway (Hwy. 369 west) and Bannister Road to the west; Keith Bridge Road (Hwy. 306 east) and Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9) to the south; Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369 east) at Six Mile Creek to the east; and Hopewell Road and Hwy. 9 to the north.

Parcels at the intersection of Elmo Road, Matt Highway and Bannister Road were added at a Jan. 10 work session.

The moratorium was put in place for the Coal Mountain Overlay Committee to hold meetings and create a recommendation on the overlay for commissioners. The overlay was scheduled to be discussed at a regular commission meeting the next day.

“This committee has been wonderful,” District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said. “It’s got a better product at the end of the day, and it’s really going to help the Coal Mountain area and all of District 4.”