The Planning Commission is a five (5) member board that is appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Although each member is appointed to represent a specific Commission District by the individual District Commissioner, they vote on all applications for all districts. The Planning Commission is a recommending body only. They are delegated the responsibility of holding the only public hearing on rezoning applications, conditional use permits, and home occupation permits. The Planning Commission also holds the public hearing on all variance requests that were filed and scheduled to be considered simultaneously and pertaining to the same property with a rezoning, conditional use permit, or home occupation permit application. The Planning Commission is also responsible for holding the first public hearing on amendments to the text of the Unified Development Code (UDC) and other items, such as the Short Term Work Program, Comprehensive Plan, etc.
770-205-5224 | RDWhitlow@forsythco.com
Rusty Whitlow transferred to the Cumming area in 1989 to be Plant Manager for the Russell Athletic Plant located in Cumming. Rusty served as VP of Campaign and President of the United Way in 1993 & 1994. He also served as VP of Economic Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cumming Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce in 1994 & 1995. Since the Russell Athletic Plant closure in 1997, Rusty has been VP of Operations for US Technologies, Owner/Partner of Kelley Auto Auction, VP of Operations for Cable Quest and is currently owner of Emittek, an LED lighting company. Rusty is married to Carol Whitlow who has been a teacher in Forsyth County for 20 years and they have 2 children.
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Stacy and his wife Robyn moved to Forsyth County in 2001. They have two children. His family attends Alpharetta First United Methodist Church.
He graduated from Clemson University in 1997 with a degree in Computer Science and Economics. He works as a software analyst in Alpharetta.
Stacy volunteered at Whiz Kids, a Roswell-based charity that tutors and mentors at-need first graders. He also coaches youth baseball at Sharon Springs Park.
As part of his homeowners association at Shiloh Farms, he started a Forsyth Matters committee to advocate for local issues, zonings, public school concerns and proper growth in south Forsyth. Stacy also served in a research and analysis capacity for the Sharon Springs Alliance, an organization exploring cityhood in south Forsyth.
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Keith and his wife, Barbara, moved to Forsyth County in 2007. They have four married adult children. He retired from two major corporations and as director of worldwide real estate, specialized in industrial and commercial projects including site locations and completing all necessary municipal planning requirements.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and completed his MBA at Michigan State University following his three-year tour of duty with the US Air Force as a Meteorologist and Weather Officer.
Keith has a keen interest in serving the citizens of Forsyth County by being part of the planning and community development process and being a member of the Planning Commission representing District 3.
770-597-2683 | BHammond@forsythco.com
Bettina Hammond moved to Georgia in 1975 and has lived in Forsyth County since 1980. Her career was in Economic Development at Georgia Tech and the Small Business Administration for Rockwell International. In 1998, she was employed by Forsyth County to establish and organize the first Procurement Department implementing policies and procedures that insured fairness, equality and savings in spending of tax dollars. From 2004 to 2008 she served on the Forsyth County Planning Commission.
She presently enjoys time serving non-profits, and family time with her husband Allen and their grandchildren.
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Tim, with his wife and son, have lived in the North Georgia area for over ten years.
He is the Program Director for the History and Political Science Department of Gwinnett Technical College and has served on the Buford Highway Overlay Committee, the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan Vision Committee, his community’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Regional Development and Affairs Committee, and actively participates in the Cub Scouts with his son.
He looks forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of Forsyth County as the District 5 Planning Commissioner.