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Forsyth County District 2 Commissioner Rick Swope Resigns Post

Forsyth County District 2 Commissioner Rick Swope Resigns Post
Special election will be held to fill vacancy   Forsyth County District 2 Commissioner and Vice Chairman Rick Swope has announced his resignation from his post effective at noon on Tuesday, August 15. Swope’s resignation comes as a result of his recent acceptance of an executive position with E*TRADE, a position which strictly limits outside business activities including public service positions.   “I regret not being able to complete my full term,” said Swope, who took office on January 1. “However, it has been an honor to have been a steward of this post and offer my time and talents toward a better ...

Notice of Forsyth County Board of Commissioners of Intent to Increase Compensation

Update: At their meeting August 17, 2017, the Board of Commissioners voted to deny the Resolution to increase board member compensation. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 36-5-24(b), the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners does hereby provide notice that on August 17, 2017, the Board will take up for consideration and possibly approve a Resolution authorizing an increase in Board of Commissioner member compensation.  The proposed compensation for the Board of Commissioners is as follows: (1) annual salary for the Chair: $49,500; annual salary for other Board members: $48,000; (2) Board members shall receive the same health insurance coverage as regular full-time employees, ...

Johnson Named Forsyth County Manager

Johnson Named Forsyth County Manager
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners named Eric Johnson as county manager at their meeting August 3. Johnson, named on July 18 as the sole finalist for the position, is slated to begin his new role with Forsyth County government September 5.   Mr. Johnson will bring to the position 30 years of experience in county government, including 24 years in senior management roles, serving most recently as assistant county administrator for Hillsborough County, Florida, a position he had held since 2015. He has also served Hillsborough County in the positions of director of strategic planning and ERP implementation, management ...

Public Hearing regarding Zoning Moratorium

Public Hearing regarding Zoning Moratorium
Update: At their meeting August 17, 2017, the board voted to extend the moratorium until December 8, 2017. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on August 17, 2017, to consider a possible extension, until December 8, 2017, of the moratorium imposed on September 3, 2015, on the acceptance of applications for rezoning of property to the Res6 zoning district.  The public hearing will take place at the board’s regular meeting on August 17, 2017, at 5 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Suite 220 of the Forsyth County Administration Building.  All Forsyth County residents and ...

2018 Budget Update: Millage Rates Remain Unchanged

2018 Budget Update: Millage Rates Remain Unchanged
At their meeting July 20, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted the millage rates that will fund a major portion of the county’s 2018 General Fund budget, Fire District and Bonds. Following three public hearings on the rates, the board voted to maintain the county’s millage rates with no change. The county’s millage rate of 8.036 is one of the lowest millage rates among metro Atlanta counties.   Forsyth County staff, Finance Committee and Board of Commissioners will continue preparing the county’s proposed 2018 budget, which is slated for adoption in November.

Public Hearing regarding Master Planned District Moratorium

Public Hearing regarding Master Planned District Moratorium
Update: At their meeting August 3, 2017, the Board of Commissioners approved extension of the moratorium until November 3, 2017. On Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5 p.m., the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing in order to consider the possible commencement and/or extension until November 3, 2017 of a moratorium on the acceptance of applications for rezoning of property to the Master Planned District (MPD) zoning district. The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Suite 220 of the Forsyth County Administration Building. All Forsyth County residents and any other affected and/or interested persons ...

Public Hearing regarding District 4 Land Disturbance Permit Moratorium

Public Hearing regarding District 4 Land Disturbance Permit Moratorium
Update: At their meeting August 3, 2017, the Board of Commissioners approved extension of the moratorium until November 3, 2017. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 5 p.m., the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing in order to consider a possible extension, until November 3, 2017, of a moratorium adopted on April 18, 2017, barring the acceptance of Land Disturbance Permits for certain properties zoned residential between 2000 and 2012 in Commission District 4. The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Suite 220 of the Forsyth County Administration Building.  The purpose of ...

Finalist Named for Forsyth County Manager Position

Finalist Named for Forsyth County Manager Position
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has announced Eric Johnson as the sole finalist for the position of county manager.   Mr. Johnson would bring to the position 30 years of experience in county government, including 24 years in senior management roles. He currently serves as assistant county administrator for Hillsborough County, Florida, a position he has held since 2015. He has also served Hillsborough County in the positions of director of strategic planning and ERP implementation, management services administrator, director of management and budget, and budget manager.   Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University ...

Overlay for Coal Mountain Area of Northern Forsyth County Adopted

Overlay for Coal Mountain Area of Northern Forsyth County Adopted
Overlay aimed at visual unity, elevated design quality   An overlay for the Coal Mountain area of northern Forsyth County was adopted by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their meeting July 6. An overlay district is a defined geographic area that encompasses one or more zoning districts and that imposes additional requirements above and beyond those required by the underlying zoning district.   The Coal Mountain Overlay is intended to create visual unity through an elevated level of design quality applied throughout the area. Simultaneously, the overlay is designed to enhance the individuality of three distinct ...

Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan Adopted

Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan Adopted
On July 6, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan 2017-2037, the result of a multi-month comprehensive plan update process, branded as Foster Forsyth.   Foster Forsyth was a full update initiative to the county’s Comprehensive Plan, focused on community elements such as housing, transportation, zoning and other land use matters, as well as economic development. The Comprehensive Plan is the umbrella policy document for the county’s future growth and development, which plays an important role in rezoning and development decisions. The plan also establishes community goals and priorities for the county’s future. Click here ...

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