Traffic Insanity in Forsyth!

Less time on the road means more time with your family

The Facts

  • Daily bumper to bumper back ups on rural roads in Forsyth County.
  • Thousands of citizens each spending 40-70 minutes extra a day in traffic.
  • 160-280 hours per year in traffic on Mullinax Road alone--4-6 work weeks per citizen per year spent sitting in traffic on Mullinax!
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The Future

  • Over 640 new undeveloped lots currently in the ground on Post Road between Highway 9 and 20. Each development actively under construction.
  • County considering rezoning to place another 600+ homes on Mullinax and Post Roads
  • Over 1,100 homes adding to an already overcrowded road system and a soon to be overcrowded school system.

The County Solution: New Homes Now, New Roads Later.

  • Almost all rezoning applications are for Res3, Res4, or higher (high-denisty).
  • Mullinax widening is part of SPLOST 7, which began funding July 2013. Construction immediately began on a new Courthouse and Jail at the cost of $100M, also part of Splost 7. Mullinax widening will have to wait until funds are available.
  • Once funds are available it will be 18-24 months to complete construction. So we're likely looking at 5 years before there's any relief.
  • Can we really wait that long?

Our Solution: Fix Mullinax Now, Plan For Schools, Stop/Limit Rezoning

  • Limit any rezonings to Res1 or Res2 OR place a moratorium on rezoning for Post and Mullinax roads until Mullinax expansion project is complete since we already have 600+ homes coming on-line over next 2 years. Note, this is not unprecedented. In 2007 the county had a rezoning moratorium to address infrastructure deficiencies.
  • Fast Track the Mullinax widening project by releasing reserve funds to complete project as soon as possible. (UPDATE: Board of Commissioners have released over $30M from County reserve funds to fast track Mullinax and Old Atlanta Road widening projects. Kudos to the BOC for hearing from concerned citizens and acting quickly. According to the engineering department, right of way acquisition has begun and this project should be out to bid by this summer.)
  • Re-time traffic signals to lengthen green light cycle on Mullinax.

UPDATE: The week before last, we met with 3 other HOA groups: Forsyth HOA, Forsyth Citizens for Responsible Growth, and Smart Growth Forsyth. The attendees of this "Summit" represent about 10,000 homeowners in all 5 districts of the County. We agreed on 6 ideas for principled growth and generated a letter to the County. Those ideas turned into a letter presented to the BOC this week. Here is a copy of that letter.

Growth is good, but requires balance through proper planning and management!

We are not anti-growth. Growth is inevitable and healthy, but only if properly planned and managed. Balance is healthy and should be a common sense goal, especially given how much in demand our county is. The county does NOT seem to be concerned by the fact nearly all rezoning applications in our area are for Res3 developments and higher. It's been this way for years and remains the status quo. This has had a dramatic impact on roads, schools, water, sewer and our overall quality of life and it's only getting worse.

Let's not let our Board of Commissioners add to the mistakes of previous ones!
They must have all of our support and feedback to make the right decisions.

How You Can Help

This situation will not get fixed until we get involved. The Forsyth Board of Commissioners must hear from a large number of citizens in order to curb this irresponsible urban development. Take two steps today and raise your voice.

  • Step 1: Send an email below telling the county officials your feelings on high density zoning.
  • Step 2: Join our email list to keep up to date on this issue. An informed, active citizenry is a powerful one.
  • Step 3: Share this page with your friends and neighbors and urge them to learn about the issues and join in the fight to keep Forsyth great! Using your neighborhood website or distribution list to share this website is a great way to spread the word within your subdivision.

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