Forsyth County groups fight for slower development - CBS46 News

Forsyth County groups fight for slower development

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FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Several grassroots organizations have joined forces and are urging Forsyth County leaders to control development in the fast-growing area.

They said as the economy improves, more houses and buildings are under construction and the area is being overdeveloped.

"Folks are aware, they're alert," said Claudia Castro of Smart Growth Forsyth. "They're seeing trees going down in lots adjacent to their own backyard, so it doesn't take very much for people to realize there's a lot happening in a county."

Smart Growth Forsyth County, Forsyth HOA & Homeowners and Fix Forsyth Traffic are among several groups now working together to petition county commissioners to be more thoughtful as they approve housing and traffic projects.

"I just about go nuts if I have to drive 45 to 60 minutes to pick up my kids, to get home," said Matthew Broms of Fix Forsyth Traffic. "It reduces my family time.  It's terrible."

The organizations said they are not opposed to development but it must be carefully planned and the impact should be thoroughly studied.

The groups are also concerned that local schools, already overcrowded, are seeing an influx of students.

"The schools are in jeopardy of entering a period of decline unless we come up with a better way of managing infrastructure along with growth," said Kristin Stevens of Forsyth HOA & Homeowners.

A school spokeswoman told CBS46 the district plans to build a new high school and middle school to accommodate the growth. She said school leaders are aware of residents' concerns and are willing to meet with them.

"This is absolutely about the future," said Phillip Barlag. "All I want is for my kids to have what I had growing up, a great community, a place where they can run around and have it be safe, a place where they get a great public education."

Organizations plan to attend the Board of Commissioners meeting on May 27 to express their concerns. 

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