Passport Springs and Spa, projected to be the largest spa in North America, received unanimous 5-0 recommendation for a conditional-use permit at the Forsyth County Planning Commission’s meeting at the end of June, a spokesperson for Passport tells What Now Atlanta.
The permit will rezone 10.6 acres of a commercial business district (CBD) to allow Passport Springs to build its venue.
District 2 planning commissioner Stacy Guy called Passport “a shot of adrenaline” for The Collection at Forsyth, the outdoor shopping center that sits adjacent to the land where Passport will rise.
“I’ve been on the planning commission a long time, I think there’s never been an application in my district or countywide that’s appeared that I have been more excited about than this one,” Guy said. “This is the type of experience that I think is a regional draw, not just for metro Atlanta but the southeast United States. I think it will literally put our community on the map.”
The first-of-its-kind immersive venue will now move forward to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to secure the key conditional-use permit, the spokesperson said.
Passport Springs and Spa will span 10 acres with more than 40,000 square feet of interior space and approximately 150,000 square feet of outdoor space. “The innovative venue will visually transport guests to the exotic locations of Costa Rica, Rome, Israel and Japan, by recreating the most celebrated hot springs from across the globe and is projected to generate $551.7 million in economic impact over a 10-year period,” according to the spokesperson.