Recommendations to be presented Feb. 24 for public feedback

Forsyth County will host an open house to gather feedback from residents, business owners and property owners on south Forsyth’s commercial design standards and branding proposal. 

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Sharon Forks Public Library (2820 Old Atlanta Rd.). During the drop-in open house meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to view draft design requirements, ask questions and comment on the concepts presented by staff and the project’s consultant. 

The preliminary standards and marketing brand are being created to help support a stronger identity for south Forsyth. The branding portion of the south Forsyth design initiative will include a logo and tagline as well as other marketing recommendations to help identify the area. These recommendations will help support a brand style as part of a larger placemaking initiative currently underway. The design standards will specifically focus on non-residential uses along commercial corridors, which will include both architectural and landscape-based elements.  

This design initiative is part of a subarea planning process outlined in the county’s Comprehensive Plan based on the character area map, which serves as a guide for directing growth and land use change across time. The purpose of this project is to recommend designs considered appropriate by the community in the southern portion of the county to enhance localized identity and character in this area. The Comprehensive Plan contemplates additional subarea planning processes in the future based on board direction.  

The approximate boundaries for this portion of Forsyth County are State Hwy. 400 to the west, McGinnis Ferry Rd. to the south and north of State Hwy. 20 on the northern boundary. To learn more about the south Forsyth design standards and branding proposals, please visit the Planning and Community Development page at 

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