A county-initiated request to rezone the controversial third phase of an existing west Forsyth neighborhood has been submitted.
According to county documents, plans have been submitted to rezone about 51 acres on Heardsville Road from single-family residential district (Res3) to master-planned district (MPD) for a development with 95 single-family detached units with a density of 1.86 units per acre. The item is planned to be heard by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at the Thursday, Feb. 6 regular meeting.
Variances are being requested to lower the required commercial percentage of the development from 10% to 0% and to reduce the minimum required open space from 36% to 22%.
The development will have a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet and a minimum heated floor area of 2,000 square feet.
The property was rezoned originally in 2006 for 111 homes. A 2017 condition change meant that the minimum lot size for developments would be 10,000 square feet with an average of 14,000 square feet and a maximum of 95 lots.
Commissioners unanimously approved moving ahead with the county-initiated zoning in December.
The development of the neighborhood’s third phase has been a source of friction for residents. In October of 2019, homeowners and officials with homebuilder Paran Homes and developer American Homes 4 Rent, which is developing the third phase of the neighborhood as for-rent properties, had a heated meeting. Homeowners raised concerns that have been ongoing in the neighborhood, such as issues with amenities, the planned rentals, the status of some yet-to-be-built lots and other lingering issues.
Officials with American Homes 4 Rent said they were in favor of a push by homeowners to separate Phase 3 from the existing sections and, when asked how many of the Phase 3 homes would be for rent, said it “could be all of them.”
Plans submitted with the rezoning application show the third phase as being separate from the existing homes.