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Project bumped back for additional review
Official wants board to get closer look at plan
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Forsyth County News
Those interested in the future of a large mixed-use development proposed for south Forsyth will have to wait at least two more weeks.

For the third time since July, the Forsyth County commission has postponed consideration of a request by Paces Battle Properties to rezone 240 acres on Hwy. 9 between Majors and Castleberry roads from agricultural to a master planned district.

The project is in Commissioner Jim Harrell’s district. He said he asked for the postponement Thursday to allow more time to consider possible conditions for Paces.

Harrell said he has been working on the conditions for some time and distributed them to the commissioners Thursday morning.

“It’s too big and too important for folks not to have plenty of time to look through them,” he said.

The project, known as Venable Hall, would have 727 residential units, about 1.1 million square feet of commercial space and 66 acres of open space. In addition, plans call for a hotel and wellness and surgery center.

Opponents worry about the intensity of the project and increased traffic. They have also said the development doesn’t conform with the county’s comprehensive plan.

Harrell said he hopes the commission will be ready to consider the matter Sept. 17.