Minor changes added to latest Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan draft

Justine Lookenott

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Some minor changes to the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan were announced during the County Planning Commission meeting on June 28(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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.

Foster Forsyth 2022 focuses on the growth and development of the county. The current Comprehensive Plan was completed in 2017.

Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan Updates

Boundary Changes

In response to some of the previous public feedback, a few boundary changes were made.

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In response to some of the previous public feedback, a few boundary changes were made to the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

Commercial Policies

“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.”

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The new commercial policies can be viewed in the current Comprehensive Plan draft(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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.”

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Vehicular-related Uses guide for the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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Storage Uses guide for the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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Specialty Districts guide for the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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.

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Highlights of the May meetings concerning the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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Highlights of the May meetings concerning the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

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 planningteam@fosterforsyth2022.com.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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