Cobb Planning Commission delays decision on application for planning permission for 32 townhouses on Wade Green Road

The Cobb County Planning Commission has held (or postponed) a decision until the next meeting on an application by KM Homes that would allow the company to build a 32-unit townhouse community on Wade Green Road, north of Wooten Lake Road.

The hearing had taken place from the April meeting of the Planning Commission for the same reason as this delay, in order to allow the petitioner and representatives of the surrounding community to meet.

Attorney Parks Huff represented the plaintiff at the hearing.

He gave a brief description of the property, a triangular piece of land along Wade Green Road, and said the new plan removes five units from the original site plan and the applicant’s rezoning request moved from FST ( townhouse in fee simple) at RA -4.

Cobb zoning ordinances describe category RA-4 as follows:

The RA-4 neighborhood is established to provide locations for the development of detached or attached single-family residential units, including the combination of duplexes, triplexes and quadruplexes. Dwellings should be designed to be placed on individual land adjoining another dwelling or on adjoining land where the dwellings will be attached by a common party wall. This residential use is designed to be located within or adjacent to the properties delineated for the low and medium density residential categories as defined and shown on the Cobb County Comprehensive Plan. Where institutional and recreational uses or residential compatible residential uses are developed within the RA-4 District, they shall be designed and constructed to provide compatibility in intensity and density with adjacent single family detached dwellings and otherwise to implement the stated purpose and intent of this chapter. .

Huff said an adjacent property is zoned RA-4 and several surrounding properties are zoned for commercial purposes and the site plan is consistent with the medium density residential designation on the county land use plan.

He said the topology of the property makes it difficult to develop due to the drop off at the rear of the property.

Huff referenced a petition from opponents of rezoning in the neighborhood. The petition said the development “does not provide a real solution to the need for new housing and affordable housing”.

“Well, it’s not affordable housing, but it’s more affordable than a lot of other new housing in the area. But it also provides a type of housing that is needed in the area,” Huff said. “It’s not too dense, it’s not disruptive to elementary school (Pitner).

Andy Johnston spoke against the approval of the rezoning application, representing the Parkwood Commons Homeowner’s Association and the Bells Ferry Civic Association.

He said that due to the steep ravine at the rear of the property, only the part very close to Wade Green Road is suitable for development, and for this reason density should be calculated based on usable land, not throughout the property.

He repeated concerns he raised at the April Planning Commission meeting that the plan is too dense, would disrupt the primary school across Wade Green Road and lack amenities .

Planning Commission Chairman Stephen Vault said: “It is in District 3 who Commissioner Dance is, and in her absence I will lead the discussion.”

He called Huff back to the podium.

“So a few quick questions,” Vault said. “I did not have the opportunity to meet Commissioner Dance on this particular case. But one of her concerns that she raised immediately was something you mentioned about being able to meet the neighbors. And it’s something that she strongly suggested and very much wants to happen. Can you talk about the possibility of meeting the neighbors and trying to involve them in this new plan? »

Huff said a meeting in May fell through because the neighbors couldn’t get all of their representatives together and he had to cancel a meeting in June because he had a dispute.

Johnson disputed Huff’s account of the attempted meeting and said the neighbors tried to arrange a meeting in April and that, although the plaintiff agreed to a meeting in May, they did not have a plan of the site to show.

“We always wanted to meet them,” Johnston said. “But we had to initiate meetings consistently throughout the process.”

Vault asked both Huff and Johnston if they would be willing to set up a meeting before the next Planning Commission meeting. Both said yes, so Vault offered to put the decision on hold until the next meeting, and it passed 3-0.

About the Planning Commission

Planning Commission hearings and recommendations have among the most significant impacts on the quality of life in the county of any public agency.

Their job is to make recommendations on rezoning applications, special land use requests, and other matters involving land use and zoning, and to send those recommendations to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. , who makes the final decision.

The town planning commission is described on the Cobb County website as follows:

Established as an advisory commission to assist the governing authority (BOC) in the administration and enforcement of the Zoning and Planning Act and to prescribe the duties and functions of such commission.

The complete duties and functions of this commission are contained in the Cobb County Zoning Ordinance, Section 3-28-9 134-61.

Members are appointed for terms that run concurrently with those of the Appointing Commissioner and may be removed with or without cause and without regard to any unexpired term. The Chairman of the Commission is remunerated $275.00 per month, the Secretary is remunerated $275.00 per month and all other members are remunerated $250.00 per month.

Members of the planning commission

Member Nominated by Term
Steven Vault President Cupid 31/12/2024
Fred Beloin Commissioner Gambrill 31/12/2022
david anderson Commissioner Richardson 31/12/2024
Deborah Dance Commissioner Birrell 31/12/2022
Michael Hughes Commissioner Sheffield 31/12/2024

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