Forsyth 20-year plan hit with additional delay

Updating Forsyth County’s 20-year comprehensive plan is now on hold. County commissioners voted to delay transmitting their five-year update to a state agency for review until after an April 13 public hearing.

The decision came after speakers during a public comment period took issue with how alterations in two single-family residential categories as well as a master planned district category were being handled. Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills also raised concern about whether input to the plan was sufficiently broad-based, contending that a homeowners coalition which met recently seemed to have more influence than comments submitted from elsewhere. Commissioner Laura Semanson countered by saying that input came from a much broader sampling.

The 5-year update called Foster Forsyth takes the plan out to the year 2037 and carves the county up into 11 “character areas” with a number of development nodes contained within each. The long-range document was originally supposed to be handed off in late 2016 but commissioners halted the process so that incoming commissioners Semanson and Rick Swope could weigh in.

Once the plan gets a once-over by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, it will come back before the commission for final approval.