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Planning board reviews requests in north Forsyth
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The Forsyth County planning board reviewed a number of rezoning requests at its work session last week, including two in which the county’s planning staff is not in support.

Staff members said they did not think either – a rezoning and a conditional use permit – fit the surrounding area or guidelines of the zoning category.

Tutterrow Enterprises LLC requested a conditional use permit to operate a dog training kennel on a property on Hurt Bridge Road that has an existing 4,050-square-foot building with 14 parking spaces on about 1.5 acres currently zoned highway business district.

The applicant currently operates a dog training business called “Sit Means Sit” and said in the request they want to offer their services on a more permanent basis.

The county’s planning staff issued a non-supportive report over concerns of noises the business would create.

“Any time we have animals outside there’s a concern [about noise],” said Tom Brown, director of planning and community development. “So we just want reassurances it will be limited, and we need to look for ways for code enforcement to ensure that.”

Jayne Iglesias, planning representative for District 2 in south Forsyth, said feedback from neighbors has been favorable toward the business.
Planners also reviewed a request from Ridge 19 LLC to rezone about 29 acres of restricted industrial district to master planned district, or MPD, for 87 residential lots at a density of 2.96 units per acre and commercial buildings totaling 36,500 square feet with 186 parking spaces.

The request has been submitted before, and concerns then involved building the residential before commercial. Planning staff said they were non-supportive because the site plan, located on Ga. 400 and Cross Roads Road, does not meet the purpose and intent of an MPD.

District 4 planner Bettina Hammond said she was interested in conditioning the applicant to build commercial at the same time as residential.

Hammond discussed another request in her district to rezone about 36 acres of agricultural district, or A1, to single family community residential district, or CR2 for 72 residential lots at a density of 1.99 units per acre on A C Smith Road on the Dawson County line.

She asked the board if this was the right precedent to set for density in the largely agricultural area.

This would be the first CR2 approval since the conservation district was approved by commissioners last year, and District 2’s Iglesias asked whether a Res-2 zoning would be more appropriate.

The planning board will hold a public hearing on these and other requests on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the county administration building.

Recommendations they make at that meeting will be passed along to the Board of Commissioners, which has final say on zoning proposals.