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Planning board approves parish housing at south Forsyth temple
Commission will discuss issue during June meeting
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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Four proposed housing units to be used by priests at a south Forsyth temple are a step closer to reality.

On Tuesday, members of the Forsyth County planning board voted 4-0 to move forward with awarding a conditional-use permit to North America Shirdi Sai Temple of Atlanta Inc., on about two acres on James Burgess Road to be used for priest housing.

As proposed, parish housing would consist of four separate two-story buildings “of varied residential style similar to the design of homes in nearby neighborhoods.”

The housing units will be across the road from the temple.

Among conditions for the permit were that no more than four structures could be built, no temple events could be held on the property, the property could not be rented to anyone other than priests and their immediate families and no parking would be allowed on James Burgess Road.

Since the temple is seeking a conditional-use permit, the property will not be rezoned from its current agriculture, or A1, zoning.

The planning board makes recommendations to the Forsyth County commission, who will discuss the permit at their June 16 regular meeting.