Monday July 6th, 2020 3:44AM

Annexation request denied by Forsyth County leaders

A proposed mixed-use project requested for 57 acres of Marketplace Boulevard in Forsyth County gets stalled after commissioners object to the annexation request.

The development would include commercial space, rental units, townhomes, and single-family homes, but as County Attorney Ken Jarrard pointed out, it doesn't exactly match the plan for the area.

“The density, as proposed, would exceed the county’s allowable density of 6 units per acre. What we can see from the proposal is they are proposing 8.95 units per acre," Jarrard explained.

District 1 Commissioner Molly Cooper and others expressed worry about the effects on infrastructure and schools.

“Otwell is probably the most populated right now of all the middles schools,” said Cooper. “Then the new middle school coming up on Hyde Road is not going to have an immediate, direct effect."

The proposed mixed-use project would include commercial space, rental units, town homes, and single-family homes.

The property is currently zoned CBD (Commercial Business District), but developers hope the city will rezone it into PUD (Planned Unit Development) which allows for a higher density of units per acre.

County leaders unanimously voted to deny the request and are hoping to meet with the city leaders of Cumming to discuss the issue further.

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