Also during Tuesday’s work session, the Forsyth County planning discussed:
- An application by Silver City Baptist Church for a conditional use permit, or CUP, to build an additional 10,000 square feet onto the existing 14,860 square foot church with 68 parking spaces. The about 8 acres on Jewell Bennett Road is currently zoned agricultural district, or A1
- A request by Sawnee Dog Retreat LLC for a CUP to operate a 4,100-square-foot dog kennel with six parking spaces on about 2 acres currently zoned A1 near Castleberry and Majors roads
SOUTH FORSYTH – After being postponed a month to give both sides a chance to work out the tougher kinks, a rezoning application for a potential subdivision on South Clement Road was aired during a planning commission work session Tuesday.
Nestled between the Creekstone neighborhoods in south Forsyth, the 90 acres in question lay just west of where Peachtree Parkway and Old Alpharetta Road fork, surrounded by single-family, or res, neighborhoods developed at various densities – some being age restricted – from .88 to 3.6 units per acre.
Applicant Chris Kliros requested a Res-3 zoning – it is currently an agricultural district, or A1 – for 189 lots with a density of 2.1 units per acre, 73 of which would have a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet. The rest would be at least 10,000 square feet.
Creekstone residents, including the neighborhood’s homeowners association president, have said they do not want the application approved as requested, preferring a Res-2 zoning, which is less dense than Res-3.
However, there are no requirements for green or open space with a Res-2, which was created this year to prevent uniformity.
Residents also mentioned they want a second entrance added off Old Alpharetta Road. The planning commission noted they legally cannot condition that because the property is not adjacent to the road, requiring a land purchase.
A traffic light on Peachtree Parkway and Old Alpharetta was also brought to table, for which the Georgia Department of Transportation requires a traffic need to be present before a light is installed.
District 2 representative Jayne Iglesias, in whose district the property sits, said she has examined the possibility of expanding the roundabout on South Clement Road – where the entrance to the subdivision would be.
Iglesias said she studied a similar roundabout on Douglas Road in Alpharetta that is the same size, noting an expansion may not reduce traffic congestion.
The Board of Commissioners, which has final say in planning and community development requests, is expected to hear the proposal during its Aug. 20 meeting.