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Two truck terminals drive toward approval in south Forsyth
Pass planning board unanimously
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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Two truck terminals and additional office space may soon appear in Forsyth County, pending Board of Commissioners approval.

At a public hearing Tuesday, the Forsyth County planning board unanimously approved the rezoning applications of two businesses, U.S. Atlantic Express LLC and Halil Tufangil.

Planning board members thanked the business owners for bringing their enterprises to the county.

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U.S. Atlantic Express LLC

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* What: Applicant requested to rezone from single family residential district, or R1, to restricted industrial district, or M1, on about 5 acres for a proposed truck terminal and office building totaling 15,000 square feet with 23 parking spaces and a conditional use permit for an open storage yard.

* Where: Off Pendley Road in south Forsyth, east of Ga. 400 (Exit 13).

* Conditions: No more than 10 trucks will be allowed at the location at any one time and trucks must be parked in the back of the lot, out of sight to motorists. Bars, lounges and nightclubs also prohibited, along with other businesses considered “nasties.” Those include: electronic game playing centers (such as arcades), adult novelty stores, adult entertainment centers, pawn shops, pool halls, tattoo parlors, massage parlors and 24-hour businesses.

* Comments: “This application is pretty straightforward,” said District 3 board member Patrick Britt, whose district this application falls in. “We’re trying to get the tax base to increase a little bit, and I think this area is very conducive to this type of a zoning. Like it or not, we are in need of logistics, and we need logistic-type companies to move product for us and I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

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Halil Tufangil

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* What: Applicant requested to rezone from R1 to M1 on about 5.3 acres for a proposed truck terminal/automobile service establishment and office totaling 5,652 square feet with six parking spaces and a conditional use permit for an open storage yard.

* Where: Also off Pendley Road in south Forsyth, east of Ga. 400 (Exit 13).

* Conditions: No more than 18 trucks and 30 cars will be allowed to be on the lot at any given time, and truck parking must be located at the rear of the lot. “No nasties” will be not allowed on the property.

* Comments: “They move vehicles for CarMax and people like that,” Britt said, “so they’ll bring it in late in the day, swap them all up and take a load of trucks to Tampa, so there will be this constant transition going on in this location.”