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Three things from this week's BOC meeting

Forsyth County Commissioners approved several zonings and conditional-use permits, approved new alcohol licenses and approved an agreement and funding with Forsyth County Schools.

Are items were approved by a 5-0 unless otherwise noted.


Zonings and permits

At 1265 and 1285 Mary Alice Park Road, commissioners approved the rezoning of 10.5 acres from Lakeside Residential District, LR, to single-family residential, Res 2, and a conditional-use permit to operate a senior housing facility.

Commissioners also approved a “time-sensitive and emergency moratorium” until Nov. 16 on allowing county staff to accept conditional-use permits for senior housing and senior independent living to allow county staff to look at the rules.

A conditional-use permit with variances was approved by commissioners for a 1,750-square-foot vehicle storage sales dealership in an existing office suite on 3.44 acres at 4250 Keith Bridge Road, Ste. 150.

District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said the businesses would be doing online sales and would be in an office park, though county rules do not differentiate between online sellers and traditional dealerships.

A conditional-use permit was approved for a climate-controlled and courtyard self-storage business at 6775 Browns Bridge Road. The buildings total 63,600 square feet with 197 parking spaces on 18.6 acres.


Alcohol licenses

A pair of alcohol licenses for county businesses were approved on Thursday.

At 5950 Shiloh Road, Ste. T, a license to sell wine wholesale was approved for Hand Select, LLC. The company will only sell to other businesses.

A license to sell malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits for consumption on the premises was approved for Mezcal Mexican Grill at 5665 Atlanta Highway, Ste. 112.

A license for Balsas Restaurant, LLC at 1495 Dahlonega Highway was also on the evening's agenda but was postponed until the Nov. 15 commission meeting as no representatives of the restaurant were present.



Commissioners approved an agreement with the Forsyth County Schools board of education to fund a drug counselor position for the Academy of Creative Education with an annual obligation of $35,000 per year and with $10,000 in funding each year from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office from drug seizure funds.

“I'm so excited about it,” said District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills. “I drove yesterday all the way down to Columbus to talk about this very thing with the Attorney General. I said, 'If you get money, you should do this in all of your alternative schools.'”

The agreement will expire on Dec. 31, 2021, but both the county and the school system have the ability to opt out of the agreement at the end of each year starting in 2019.