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Temple in south Forsyth seeking housing for priests

SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County’s planning board is reviewing the potential addition of accessory housing for priests at a temple in south Forsyth.

The proposal, filed by the North America Shirdi Sai Temple of Atlanta Inc., requested a conditional use permit for some 2 acres zoned agricultural district, or A1, on James Burgess Road.

The temple has occupied the location across the street for more than 13 years.

As proposed, parish housing would consist of four separate two-story buildings “of varied residential style similar to the design of homes in nearby neighborhoods.”

The planning board discussed the land’s future use and the fact that if another property owner was to take over, the houses likely would not conform to the county’s unified development code upon rezoning.

The county’s planning and community development staff was supportive of the request, which will be heard before the planning board at its public hearing May 24.

The county commission, which has final say on planning and zoning requests, is scheduled to hear the proposal June 16.