It is our understanding that the Cobb Board of Commissioners will vote on the Johnson Ferry Urban Design Plan on Tuesday. News flash! Cobb County, particularly east Cobb, is not urban, and we prefer it that way! Yet, we are told we must be urban and that we need to do the following.
These are but two of many requirements in the urban plans.
1.) “Mixed-land uses, housing and job balance, appropriate building densities, a variety of housing (type and price...)”
2.) “Area identity (a sense of place).” The plan shows a giant bulldog statue as one example of a “theme” for the community. (What about a giant yellow jacket so that poor Tech folks do not feel left out?) Who decides the “theme?” Does our county government have such better taste than we do that they will design the theme for our neighborhood or that we even need such a “theme?”
Those of us who moved to Cobb for the laid-back, lovely residential atmosphere are now being told by the government that we should not want that, but should instead want transit-oriented development!
(The “we” mentioned here consists of concerned Cobb citizens who feel unrepresented. Our group is growing in numbers as citizens awaken to what we feel is the destruction of our home values, community, peace of mind and the quality of life that we previously had in Cobb County).
We cannot understand why our commissioners are approving rezoning from single-family homes to medium and high-density multi-use, multi-income, multi-story developments such as the new 900-plus units Isakson Living development on 120/Roswell Road just down the street from the now-underway WellStar Medical Campus.
All this is going into our residential community. It appears that we will add hundreds (if not thousands) of additional cars to the already crammed roadways.
Additional plans include Northwest Cobb, Vinings, Mableton, South Cobb, Powers Ferry and others. Those of us in east Cobb who care about our quality of life encourage all Cobb citizens to look at these plans and contact the Cobb Board of Commissioners with such concerns.
We hope that it is not too late.