Planning board approves assisted living facility, denies MPD

The Forsyth County planning board, which serves as a recommending committee for the Board of Commissioners, held their monthly public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 26, where they discussed zoning applications to be heard at the BOC’s Oct. 19 meeting.

Storage facility approved in south Forsyth

What: MVS Properties LLC is requesting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build a 161,000-square-foot climate-controlled storage facility with 26 parking spaces on about 3.5 acres currently zoned commercial business district (CBD). A variance seeks to eliminate the zoning buffer abutting an Agricultural District (A1)-zoned property from along the western property boundary.

Where: On Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south) in south Forsyth, just north of Hamby Road.

Comments: Planning staff was not supportive due to the building’s size, but District 3 planning board member Keith Banke said he worked with the applicant to reduce some of the variances to make it less intense, which pleased the board Tuesday.

Vote: 4-0 approve, with District 4 chairwoman Bettina Hammond absent.

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South Forsyth MPD denied

What: Liu Investment Partners LLLP wants to rezone about 18.5 acres from CBD, office and industrial (O&I) and single family residential district (R1) to an MPD for 79 attached residential units with a density of about 4.3 units per acre and commercial buildings totaling 50,000 square feet with 261 parking spaces.

Where: On McFarland Parkway on the east side of Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south).

Comments: The board previously said the application would be “kind of a long shot” due to the fact that pre-zoned CBD and O&I space is rare in the county. At last week’s meeting, district 2 board member Stacy Guy said he was still hesitant because he didn’t want to take away commercially-zoned land to build townhomes and there was “no compelling reason” to deviate from the current CBD zoning. Banke made a motion to deny based on Guy’s reasoning.

Vote: 4-0 denial.

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