During a relatively quick meeting of Forsyth County Commissioners on Thursday, the board voted to approve new alcohol licenses, a request to have the state lower the speed limit along Post Road and voted to rezone nearly six acres in west Forsyth.All items were approved by a 5-0 vote unless otherwise noted.
Following a wreck involving a 16-year-old West Forsyth High School student in August, there has been a renewed push locally for safety measures along Post Road.
At Thursday’s meeting, commissioners approved a resolution to request that the Georgia Department of Transportation reduce the speed limit on the road to 40 MPH and 30 MPH for school zones and consider delaying an RCUT intersection – or an intersection that forces drivers to turn right and make a U-turn if they want to go another direction – at the intersection of Post and Bentley roads.
The changes would be subject to studies before moving ahead.
Commissioners had a longer discussion during Tuesday’s meeting, where only lowering the speed limit had been part of the agenda.
During that discussion, District 3 CommissionerTodd Levent requested the studies and having the RCUT delayed.
“You’ve got to get the traffic light in right away, that’s a must,” Levent said.
Issues along the road were recently discussed at a town hall, featuring county, state and law enforcement officials.
At that meeting, eliminating the left turn from Bentley onto Post Road was not a popular proposal nor was having drivers make a U-turn after turning right.
Residents were also in favor of widening the road, and some said they wanted to see the road move under the county’s purview rather than the state’s.
Current plans are split into two phases: Hwy. 9 to Kelly Mill Road, set to start work in 2028, and Kelly Milly Road to Hwy. 20 starting in 2035.
On Thursday, a restaurant and three convenience stores were approved for alcohol licenses.
Never Enough Thyme, located at 6655 Town Square, Ste. 1250, within Halcyon, was the first approved on Tuesday. The restaurant also has a location in Alpharetta and has been in the area since 2001.
“We’re very aware of Never Enough Thyme,” said District 2 Commissioner Dennis Brown. “They’ve operated a fabulous restaurant already, and we’re looking forward to this one at Halcyon.”
Licenses were also given to: RaceTrac at 1385 McFarland Parkway, Alpharetta Marathon at 5715 Atlanta Highway and BP Express at 6025 Atlanta Highway.
Commissioners approved a county-initiated rezoning of 5.72 acres owned by the county from residential district R1 to industrial district M2. The property is located at 843 Canton Highway.
“This our own property, and the topography on this is really not the least bit conducive to any residential development whatsoever,” said District 1 Commissioner Molly Cooper.
Cooper said there could be a commercial use on the property in the future.
There were no speakers during a required public hearing.