FoCo Planning Commission suggests approval of several developments including apartment complex, entertainment facility

Justine Lookenott
The Forsyth County Administration Building in Forsyth County, GA(Image by Justine Lookenott)

(Forsyth County, GA) New residential spaces, an entertainment center and a coffee shop are among several of the developments recommended for approval by the Forsyth County Planning Commission during their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 27.

All recommended approvals will have to be given final approval by the Forsyth County Commissioners at their regular meeting on Thursday, October 20.

Below are larger impact items approved for recommendation at the meeting.

New Business

Apartment complex and commercial buildings on Pilgrim Mill Road

Approval was recommended to rezone 57.75 acres from Lake Residential District (LR) to Master Planned District (MPD) in order for Shady Shores, LLC to build 314 apartments and 29,300 square feet of commercial buildings at 2275 Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming.

The apartment buildings are planned to have a density of 5.44 units per acre and 148 parking spaces for the commercial buildings.

Several Forsyth County residents spoke against the development during the public hearing, with one of the top concerns being about the traffic an apartment complex would bring to the area.

After much discussion, a motion to recommend approval was passed 3-2, with Commissioners Tim Dineen (District 5) Kerry Hill (District 1) and Jessica Thorsen (District 3) voting in favor. Commissioners Stacy Guy (District 2) and Nedal Shawkat (District 4) voted against the motion.

Public Hearings for Rezonings

Coffee shop at Stoney Point Road Intersection

A motion was passed to recommend approval to rezone 1.668 acres from Office and Institutional District (O&I) to Commercial Business District (CBD) for Yellowstone Capital Group, LLC to build retail and restaurant space with drive-through facilities. The buildings would total 5,472 square feet with 28 parking spaces.

The property is located east of Peachtree Parkway at the intersection with Stoney Point Road.

Attorney Sean Courtney, who was speaking on behalf of the company, said one of the businesses planned for the development is The Human Bean, a drive-through-only coffee shop. There are currently two other locations in the area, one on Buford Highway in Cumming and one in Dawsonville.

22 single family homes on Alexander Circle Road

A motion was passed to recommend approval to rezone 18.8 acres from Agricultural District (A1) to Single Family Residential District (RES2) for Pushpavathi Reddyvari Manikindi to build 22 residential lots.

Located at 3550 Alexander Circle in Cumming, the lots would have a density of 1.17 units per acre.

Entertainment center, recreational facilities and hotel on Peachtree Parkway

A motion was passed to recommend approval to rezone 8.898 acres from Single Family Residential District (R1) to Commercial Business District (CBD) for S1 Properties, LLC to build commercial buildings and an indoor recreational facility at 2310 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, near Bagley Road.

The 31,800 square foot indoor recreational facility would include 124 parking spaces while the 16,400 square foot commercial building would include space for retail and restaurants with 84 parking spaces.

The request included a conditional use permit (CUP) for a bowling alley, electronic game playing center, an outdoor commercial recreational facility and a 53,068 square foot hotel with 140 parking spaces.

During the public hearing, several residents expressed several concerns ranging from noise levels to traffic problems.

Vice-President of Economic Development Slade Gulledge spoke specifically in support of the hotel, saying it was something the county needed.

The motion was passed 5-0.

31 single family homes on Era Drive

Approval was recommended to rezone 23.69 acres from Agricultural District (A1) to Single Family Residential District (RES2) for Artisan Built Communities, LLC to build 31 residential lots at 3420 and 3424 Era Drive in Cumming.

The residential lots would have a density of 1.31 units per acre.

To view the September 27 Planning Commission meeting, click here. To view the meeting summary, click here.

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