At the BOC’s January 4th meeting, the Commissioners voted to table the proposed Stream Buffer Ordinance amendments that have been before the Board since March 2007. It is expected that BOC will revert back to earlier versions of the document that will ultimately undo all of the efforts accomplished during 2007 by Council Staff. The new document will very likely be drawn directly from the Etowah HCP model Stream Buffer Ordinance with the addition of “wetland buffer” requirements. Forsyth Planning Staff advised us that the new majority of the BOC made it clear that all previous revision were to be removed and that the wetland buffers were to remain in effect. On December 7th, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioner unanimously voted to repeal the County’s long-standing Tributary Protection Ordinance (Ordinance 14); but voted to take no action on the proposed Stream Buffer Ordinance until after the first of the year. The item is expected to be on a future agenda.
CFQG Stream Buffer Response Letter– Sept 06