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South landfill request withdrawn
Proposal could return next year
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Forsyth County News
Plans for a proposed landfill in south Forsyth have been scrapped for at least a year.

Atlanta Road LLC has removed with prejudice its application to rezone about 24 acres south of North Old Atlanta Road from residential and commercial to a heavy industrial district.

The site, between Ga. 400 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, would have accepted only construction trash such as building materials.

Commissioners removed the rezoning request from the table during their meeting Thursday night, before allowing the withdrawal. The vote was 5-0.

According to the county’s unified development code, requests “received prior to the date that public notice is provided ... may be withdrawn without prejudice ... once public notice is provided, the application shall be withdrawn with prejudice.”

No reason was given for the decision. In a letter to the county, Emory Lipscomb, attorney for applicant Dusty Gerrell, asked only to withdraw the request.

Charles Laughinghouse, chairman of the commission, said the applicant cannot re-file the application for a year.

The county’s planning board recommended the plan be denied.

Many who spoke against the landfill during that Aug. 25 meeting said they were worried it would pollute the LaFarge quarry across the street.

The commission has previously discussed the possibility of eventually turning the quarry site into a reservoir for drinking water.