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Stream buffer appeal rejected
But BOC adds condition to deal
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County commission on Thursday denied the appeal of a Champions Run resident with a condition that developer Rocklyn Homes will contribute to the homeowners’ association fund for sedimentation cleanup.

Carol Albert had appealed the county’s consent order that allows the developer to maintain a 35-foot stream buffer instead of the current 50-foot requirement, based on the conditions in the 2004 rezoning, among other factors.

The commission heard arguments Nov. 15, but postponed the decision.

Also during their meeting Thursday night, the Forsyth County commission:

• Approved a resolution for issuance and sale of a 2012 bond series that will set up the bank loan agreement backed by revenues from the 1-cent sales tax for the jail and courthouse projects.

The county agreement with United Community Bank allows for taking loans up to $50 million, as needed.

Chairman Jim Boff announced that he felt the “reasonable approach” will allow the county to possibly not incur as much debt, though he had previously questioned it. He and Commissioner Todd Levent, however, voted against the resolution in its 3-2 passage.

• Reappointed law firm Jarrard & Davis to serve as the county attorneys through 2014 at a cost of $175 per hour for attorney services and $75 per hour for paralegal services.

• Signed off on an agreement with Daves Creek Baptist Church to buy right of way and easements needed for an intersection project at Old Atlanta and Daves Creek roads for $20,000.

The county will also design and build a retaining wall in the road-straightening project.

• Granted the city of Cumming’s request to acquire the brick from the planned January demolition of the buildings on the square across from the courthouse.

• Enacted a moratorium on a provision for home occupation permits that bans repair or assembly of equipment with internal combustion engines. The ban was enacted in April.

• Authorized the settlement agreement with Amelia Bay Company on the consent agenda.

The agreement requires the south Forsyth business to pay $25,000 to the county for repairs to sewer infrastructure based on the county’s belief that wastewater discharge from the business caused the damage.


Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.