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Real buzz is about poor management, decisions in Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

I enjoy reading “The Buzz,” where local high school students write about the latest happenings at their schools.

 In the March 18 edition, Erin Loggins (for South Forsyth),  provided news on the new mod-pods that were being placed in the parking lot in the front of the school and across any open piece of grass on campus. Erin also writes about how upset the students were with losing their parking spaces.

I have been in Forsyth County since 1996 and can tell you that I have never seen this degree of lack of planning and the impact to our citizens’ quality of life. 

According to the Forsyth County Schools’ website, eight elementary, six middle and four of the five high schools are over capacity.

I appreciate the dedication of our teachers and administrators who have made our schools some of the best in the U.S. It is unfortunate that they must teach with the unnecessary stress of adding over 250 students per month into already cramped classrooms.

I also feel for the high school students losing their parking and green spaces and all of our drivers sitting on our congested roads.

Of course, there are causes and effects to the situation we are in now. The board of commissioners approved an average of 311 single-family permits in the first quarter of 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

In the same first quarter during the last three years, the board has approved an average of 592 housing permits, or an increase of 90 percent, with the most recent quarter record of 656 permits (all data found on the county web site).

In July 2013, the board reduced the Res-3 minimum lot size from 14,750 square feet to 10,000 square feet and then increased back to 14,750 in October 2014 after receiving many complaints of over-crowding from the community. 

Just last week, the board approved a new residential district, CR2, that again allows builders to build on smaller 10,000-square-foot lots.  Please remember that we have our District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam and the rest of our county commissioners to thank for this.

I am certain that Erin will remember the negative impact of poor management and decisions as she continues her life. I am sure with these clear lessons our younger generation will make better decisions than our commissioners.

 

Michael Smith

Cumming