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Mixed-use development near Brandywine Elementary approved by BOC
The Villages at Brandywine
The Villages at Brandywine. The development plans include 59 townhomes, 43,975 square feet of commercial buildings and 233 parking spaces. - photo by For the FCN

A mixed-use development next to Brandywine Elementary School was approved by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, April 15.

Previously, the property was brought before the Forsyth County Planning Commission on March 23, and planning board members recommended approval of the development with a 4-1 vote, with District 2 member Stacy Guy opposed.

In March, planning board members heard a presentation by Christopher Light, a zoning attorney representing applicant Liu Investment Partners, LLLP. The request was to rezone 18.5 acres at 100 McFarland Parkway from commercial business (CBD), office and industrial (O&I) and single-family-residential (R1) districts to master-planned district (MPD). The proposed development included 59 townhomes, 43,975 square feet of commercial buildings and 233 parking spaces.

During the March meeting, District 3 Planning Board member Jessica Thorsen, who represents the area of the development, recommended approval of the request. She recommended approval with the conditions that the project would follow the new plans for 59 townhomes, as opposed to the original proposal of 64 townhomes. Thorsen also stated that she did not want building permits for residential units to be issued until the commercial pads were ready.

Guy, who voted against the approval, was not as convinced about the development and said the proposal was “still not where I think it should be.” Guy stated that he hoped to be proved wrong in the future.

The item made its way to the Board of Commissioners regular meeting on Thursday where commissioners heard from Light about the amendments and proposal from Liu Investment Partners, LLLP.

“I truly believe in this area for this [development] to be a gem …. It’ll stick out in a good way,” Light said. “I think that with the amenities programmed for this plan, this’ll be a real upscale property.”

In his presentation on Thursday, Light explained that the proposal included 59 townhomes in the design, a mixed-use building for office space and other possible residential space, outdoor amenities such as gazebos and benches and connection points from the development to Brandywine Elementary School.

District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent made a motion to approve the rezoning request for 18.5 acres of land. Commissioners were all in favor of this item and voted unanimously to approve the rezoning.