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.
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Kerry Hill is a Principal Engineer with the Data Analytics team at Maximus, Inc., a health services consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. She became involved in local transportation and planning issues during the Georgia Highway 20 widening decision-process and has remained active in various planning and zoning issues.
Since relocating from Northern Virginia in 2008, Kerry and her husband Ron have been active coaching and organizing the County’s youth soccer and lacrosse teams. Kerry and Ron’s daughter and two sons all attended Forsyth County public schools.
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Stacy Guy was appointed to serve as the district 2 Planning Commissioner representing the southeast portion of the county in 2017. He served as the Planning Commission’s secretary in 2017 and 2018 and as chairman in 2020. He has served on the Southeast Forsyth Design Standards Steering Committee which helped draft enhanced residential and commercial design standards as well as placemaking strategies.
Mr. Guy is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics. He works in software quality engineering leading a team focused on big data and cloud technologies.
Mr. Guy moved to Forsyth County in 2001. He and his wife Robyn have two children and are members of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church. He has served in several volunteer roles as a tutor, mentor and has coached youth baseball at Sharon Springs Park.
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Jessica Thorsen and her husband, Mark, have lived in Forsyth County collectively for 14 years. They have two daughters, both currently attending schools in the West Forsyth cluster.
She works in Alpharetta as a Senior Director in regulatory compliance for an Atlanta-based global information solutions company. Her previous work history was in the field of commercial property management and lease management. She attended community college with a focus on Paralegal Studies.
Jessica has been involved in the local community through various volunteer opportunities at Vickery Creek Elementary and within her neighborhood’s HOA. She served as the zoning committee chairperson for the Polo Golf & Country Club HOA. Jessica spent two years as a volunteer cheerleading coach at Midway Park and attends Browns Bridge Church. Through her employer’s various community outreach programs, she has led and participated in events with Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army.
Jessica looks forward to the opportunity to serve the District 3 citizens to preserve the integrity of our community.
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Nedal Shawkat and his family live in the Matt Community of
Forsyth County, where they moved in 2013. He and his wife Hillary have two
young sons, both of whom are active in sports and Cub Scouts.
Nedal is a 2006
graduate of Georgia State College of Law, and served his community for more
than a decade as a prosecutor. Nedal is a Cub Scout Den Leader, is the
2019-2020 President of the Forsyth Beekeepers Club, and serves as the
Vice-Chair of the Upper Etowah River Alliance (UERA). Nedal looks forward to
continuing his service to the public, now as the District 4 Planning Commissioner.
with planning and zoning in Forsyth County began with a proposed residential
development near his home. Nedal was active throughout the rezoning
process, working cooperatively with representatives for the rezoning applicant
and the neighbors concerned with the impact on the community and
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Tim Dineen, 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.