Public invited to give input on land use along Austell Road
by Lindsay Field
June 18, 2013 12:35 AM | 1502 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The public is invited to an open house tonight to learn what recommendations the county is making on how land may be used along Austell Road.

Cobb County government is hosting the session between 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners chambers at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.

The goal of the meeting is to get feedback from property and business owners along Austell Road, between South Cobb Drive and Maxim Road, who could be affected by a change to the land-use policy, said Dana Johnson, the county’s planning division manager.

Johnson will ask the Cobb Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners in July to approve his staff’s recommendation to reduce the scale of future commercial development from a Community Activity Center category to a Neighborhood Activity Center category.

He said it could impact about 300 property owners.

“The Community Activity Center is more geared toward your large office or big-box developments,” he said. “The Neighborhood Activity Center is more about residential developments or strip malls.”

The properties that will be touched by the zoning change are generally smaller tracts where it would be difficult to build a big-box development, he said.

“This is more fitting for what properties are there. It’s the best chance for them to move forward with investing in their properties and development,” he said.

The county has sent letters to everyone in the area and no one has opposed the idea, he said.

“They just want more information,” Johnson said. “This will be a great time to try to talk to each person individually and try to address their concerns or questions.”

The future land-use plan was developed in the 1990s. Every year the planning department comes before the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners with similar changes.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider approval of this recommendation on July 8. The Board of Commissioners will consider it July 23.
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