Hold county, commission to account
July 02, 2013 11:39 PM | 1044 views | 2 2 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I support residents being able to access information from the county and involvement in the governmental process. The county currently allows any resident to participate in the rezoning process, if they are members of a civic group or not.

While Carol Brown states her Neighborhood Notification Initiative proposal would allow more people to be part of the process, it is not the process that occurs prior to rezoning that matters, it’s what happens after the approval has been granted.

The County, commissioners and zoning attorneys are quick to sell “stipulations” to help protect the adjacent homeowner. However, while the homeowner is given the impression that they will be “protected,” using terms like “Minor Modification approved by District Commissioner” and “Administrative Decision” these stipulations have the potential to be modified (removed) without the knowledge of those who they were to protect. The perceived protection is gone and the homeowner had no say.

This is where changes need to be made. It should not be about notification or recognition, but holding the county, commissioners and developers accountable to codes and stipulations agreed to.

Kelli Gambrill

west Cobb

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Joseph Pond
July 03, 2013
I am not sure community rights (Communism) overtook individual's property rights, but I suspect it was when we started electing Commissioners from HOAs, who think that the whole county should be set up as an HOA. Cobb County has always been Red, but it doesn't stand for the GOP any more. It really should be Green, to represent the developers and the Chamber- they are the hands moving the puppets, eh Comrade Lee?
July 03, 2013
I agree totally. There is no actual description in regard to what "minor modifications" actually cover.

There have been many cases where a Commissioner has allowed sidewalks, turn lanes and traffic lights to be deleted by the developer making a token cash donation to the County. And no residents of the area are notified.

The improvements then were to be included in a major project but no one on staff keeps up with these stipulations.

As a matter of fact most stipulations are not followed up on by county staff unless a resident brings it to their attention.

I have proposed to deaf ears that all zoning stipulations be required to be completed prior to a certificaet of occupancy being granted.
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