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'Largest spa in North America' on Ronald Reagan moves forward
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Bloch and his team provided residents with a rendering of the proposed front of Passport Springs & Spa, which would sit adjacent to the Collection at Forsyth on Ronald Reagan Blvd. Photo courtesy Passport Experiences.

A recent Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda included decisions for new developments in south Forsyth.

All items approved at the regular meeting on Thursday, July 21, were approved with a unanimous vote 4-0, with District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills absent from the meeting.


Passport Springs & Spa

Following a recommendation from the Forsyth County Planning Board, commissioners approved a conditional-use permit for what has been called the “largest spa in North America.”

Applicant Passport Experiences has requested a conditional-use permit to build an outdoor commercial recreational facility and massage parlor associated with a personal service establishment in buildings totaling 76,811 square feet with 261 parking spaces on 10.6 acres currently zoned commercial business district (CBD).

The property is located off Ronald Reagan Boulevard abutting the south side of The Collection at Forsyth.

“I’ve been on the planning commission a long time, I think there’s never an application in my district or countywide that’s appeared that I have been more excited about than this one,” said District 2 planning member Stacy Guy at a planning commission meeting on June 28.

“This will really be a shot of adrenaline for The Collection [at Forsyth]. The Collection has had trouble for a long time. This is the type of experience that I think is a regional draw, not just for metro Atlanta but the southeast United States. I think it will literally put our community on the map.”

Variances have been requested to reduce the pedestrian landscape zone on the south, east and west sides of the facility from 8 feet to zero feet, reduce the sidewalk zone on the south and west sides of the facility from six to zero feet and reduce the façade landscape zone on the south, east and west sides of the facility from six to zero feet. 

Northpoint Capital Investment Holdings

A decision for a planned mixed-use development in south Forsyth has been postponed until Sept. 15 “per request of [the applicant’s] attorney,” District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent said.

The request is from applicant Northpoint Capital Investment Holdings to rezone 140.6 acres from agricultural (A1), neighborhood shopping (NS) and single-family residential restricted (R2R) districts to master-planned district (MPD).

According to the county’s website, the plan proposes 250 residential lots and 228 attached residential units with a density of 3.4 units per acre and commercial buildings totaling 63,650 square feet with 294 parking spaces.

The land in question is off Fowler Hill, Union Hill and Mullinax roads.

Variances are requested to reduce the commercial component from 15 percent to 5.4 percent and increase the percentage of total residential units for townhomes from 30 percent to 50 percent.

At the planning commission meeting on June 28, planning board members recommended denial of the request “due to density issues.”