Correction: This article incorrectly said that Laura Semanson, the Forsyth County commissioner for District 5, gave some updates on the Comprehensive Plan. Lauren Blaszyk, the project manager for Pond and Company, gave some updates on the Comprehensive Plan.
(Forsyth County, GA) Some minor changes to the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan were announced during the second-to-last public hearing at the County Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 28.
An overview and updates on the Comprehensive Plan were given by Amanda Hatton, the community planning manager at Blue Cypress Consulting and the project manager for the County Comprehensive Plan, and by Lauren Blaszyk, the project manager for Pond and Company.
Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan Updates
In response to some of the previous public feedback, a few boundary changes were made.
“The commercial corridor policies are meant to guide the scale, look and feel of development,” Blaszyk said. “A lot of these character corridors traveled through multiple character areas. And so we made sure that the policies that were included for each character area for these corridors fit the character of the specific character area. And again, they will change in character depending on where they're located.”
The new commercial policies can be viewed in the current Comprehensive Plan draft.
Guides on vehicular-related uses, storage uses and specialty districts
One consistent comment from the public, staff and the steering committee was the need for guidance on vehicular-related uses.
“I want to make it clear that things that are already there are going to be grandfathered in,” Blaszyk said. “However, this guidance within the plan will help in making decisions about where new uses of these three types of vehicle service establishments, new vehicle sales and used vehicle sales will go in the future or may go in the future.”
Lastly, some additional tasks were added to the County Work Program.
May Meeting highlights
The last round of public meetings was held in May. The following are some of the highlights of those meetings.
Public Hearing Comments
Two citizens spoke at the public hearing.
The first, who did not give his name, said he thought the County could wait another five years to make major changes to the Comprehensive Plan.
“The City of Cumming is putting in high-density housing now and that's going to affect whether or not we need to pursue high-density housing in the rest of the County,” he said.
The next speaker, who also did not give her name, gave some concerns over the plan’s details and echoed some of the opinions from the past public input on the public hearings feeling like a “one-way conversation.”
“My suggestion was to consider updates between the formal Foster [Foster Forsyth] updates be done on a quarterly basis and any district wishing to make a change would have a public participation meeting where citizens can learn about any changes that that commissioner wanted to make to the Comp. Plan,” she said.
The next public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan will be held at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on July 7 at 5 p.m. at the Forsyth County Administration Building (110 E. Main St.) in the Commissioner's Meeting Room (suite 220, second floor).
To review the updated Comprehensive Plan draft, click here. To see the current Comprehensive Plan, click here. To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan, visit fosterforsyth2022.com. The Planning Team can be reached at email@example.com.
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To learn more about Forsyth County’s Comprehensive Plan, read “What should future growth and development in FoCo look like? Commissioners are looking for input.”