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Planning board approves assisted living facility, denies MPD
Forsyth County

The Forsyth County planning board, which serves as a recommending committee for the Board of Commissioners, held their monthly public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 26, where they discussed zoning applications to be heard at the BOC’s Oct. 19 meeting.

Storage facility approved in south Forsyth

What: MVS Properties LLC is requesting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build a 161,000-square-foot climate-controlled storage facility with 26 parking spaces on about 3.5 acres currently zoned commercial business district (CBD). A variance seeks to eliminate the zoning buffer abutting an Agricultural District (A1)-zoned property from along the western property boundary.

Where: On Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south) in south Forsyth, just north of Hamby Road.

Comments: Planning staff was not supportive due to the building’s size, but District 3 planning board member Keith Banke said he worked with the applicant to reduce some of the variances to make it less intense, which pleased the board Tuesday.

Vote: 4-0 approve, with District 4 chairwoman Bettina Hammond absent.

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South Forsyth MPD denied

What: Liu Investment Partners LLLP wants to rezone about 18.5 acres from CBD, office and industrial (O&I) and single family residential district (R1) to an MPD for 79 attached residential units with a density of about 4.3 units per acre and commercial buildings totaling 50,000 square feet with 261 parking spaces.

Where: On McFarland Parkway on the east side of Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south).

Comments: The board previously said the application would be “kind of a long shot” due to the fact that pre-zoned CBD and O&I space is rare in the county. At last week’s meeting, district 2 board member Stacy Guy said he was still hesitant because he didn’t want to take away commercially-zoned land to build townhomes and there was “no compelling reason” to deviate from the current CBD zoning. Banke made a motion to deny based on Guy’s reasoning.

Vote: 4-0 denial.

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One of four Silver City zonings approved

What: Bennett Capital Partners, LLC is requesting to rezone about 34 acres from A1 to single family residential district (Res-3) for 54 lots at a density of 1.57 units per acre.

Where: Located on Jewell Bennett Road in north Forsyth east of the intersection with Conner Road.

Comments: District 4 Chairwoman Bettina Hammond, who was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, previously said this application is one of four silver city zonings that the planning board will soon have come before them. She said the vision for the area is for it to be comprised of Res-1 and Res-2 zonings, which are lower density than Res-3 and above. For this reason, at Tuesday’s meeting, she had District 1 board member Rusty Whitlow downzone the property to Res-2, applying the new Res-2 standards (minimum lot size 20,000 square feet and maximum density 1.3 units per acre) the BOC adopted Sept. 7. 

Vote: 4-0 approve.

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Pottery business approved in north Forsyth

What: Qing Zang is requesting to rezone from R1 to CBD on about 2.5 acres to operate an open-air pottery business in an existing 1,800 square foot building with 14 parking spaces. The applicant is also asking for a CUP for an open storage yard for the pottery.

Where: On Canton Highway, south of Sawnee Mountain Park.

Comments: Planning board members were favorable.

Vote: 4-0 approve.

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120-unit assisted living facility approved in south Forsyth

What: David Vickers wants to rezone about 9 acres from R1 to CBD with a CUP to build an assisted living facility with 120 units with 100 parking spaces.

Where: On Peachtree Parkway, south of Bagley Road in south Forsyth.

Comments: Planning board members said Vickers already operates at least one other similar facility and stressed this would not be an active adult community, rather an assisted living facility where the average age of residents is about 80 years old. This is also not a nursing home. Staff said they want on-site amenities, though acknowledged the amenities would be for the residents’ visitors, not the residents themselves.

Vote: 4-0 approve.