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Town hall session on watershed Thursday
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Forsyth County News

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* What: Big Creek watershed town hall meeting

* When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

* Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St.

A Forsyth County town hall meeting Thursday will open up discussion of the Big Creek watershed impervious surface limitations.

The southwestern Forsyth watershed is currently limited to 25 percent coverage by impervious surface area, said Jerry Oberholtzer, long-range planner.

Forsyth's unified development code defines those areas as "a manmade structure or surface which prevents the infiltration of stormwater into the ground below the structure or surface."

The town hall will include two presentations by people with different perspectives on watershed management, said Oberholtzer, adding that both sides have previously spoken to the county commission.

Brian King of Engineering 303 and John Moll of Crystal Stream Technologies have presented alternative technologies that could offer better protection than the 25-percent rule.

They will go first at the town hall meeting, followed by Bob Slaughter, a member of Smart Growth Forsyth County.

The group has expressed concern about a change in regulations that could prove devastating to the environmentally sensitive resource.

Following the presentations, a question-and-answer session will be opened for the public.

No changes to state or county procedures are being considered during the town hall, Oberholtzer said.

“We’re simply opening the doors … as a forum for the public to discuss,” he said.

County commissioners called for the meeting as a condition to approving the comprehensive master plan update in December.

The plan serves as a guide for decisions involving future growth and land use through 2032.

Commissioners decided not to include any language addressing the Big Creek watershed in the plan.