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Planning board OKs rezoning on Mathis
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Forsyth County News
A request to allow construction of 4,400-square-foot structure in south Forsyth shifts to the county commission next month.

Mathis Crossing’s request to rezone about 1.1 acres from agricultural and neighborhood shopping to a commercial business district garnered the five-member planning board’s unanimous approval Tuesday night.

The site is at the corner of Mathis Airport Parkway and Old Atlanta Road.

Local attorney Emory Lipscomb, who represents Mathis Crossing, said he and his clients have met with residents in the neighboring area.

“We have attempted to be supportive of areas of concern they had and have submitted an extensive list of 26 zoning conditions to address those concerns,” he said.

While he wasn’t opposed to the request, resident Les Dobbins said he and other neighbors wanted to ensure the zoning of property next to the site isn’t changed from its neighborhood shopping designation.

Planning Commissioners Brant Meadows and Pam Livesay suggested the residents consider drafting a private agreement with the property owner, since the county cannot legally put conditions on one piece of property that apply to another.

Also Tuesday night, the planning board recommended approval of a home occupation permit that would allow Alaina Glover to use 500 square feet of her basement for a counseling business.

The home is on Greenwood Acres Drive off Canton Road.

The county commission, which has final say on the requests, is expected to consider both April 15.