The truth must be told regarding The Raines family “Estate” property located at 300 West Sandtown Road in West Cobb. The Cobb County Planning Commission’s meeting held Aug. 6, listened to case #Z-33, Blake Properties, Inc. (BPI) requesting re-zoning from R-20/R-30 to R-20 OSC. The front page MDJ report Aug. 7 “W. Cobb developments shot down” erroneously stated, “Under its current zoning designation, the developer, Marietta-based Blake Properties, Inc., could build 20 lots, which is 10 less than what it asked for.” This scenario concluded that BPI, Bruce Goodman, President, is trying to increase the usage by 33 percent, which was erroneous and misleading.
The current zoning designation allows 26 lots with no undisturbed or landscaped buffers, thereby allowing total disturbance/development of the entire 20.9 acres, plus crossing the tributary of Mud Creek. No one wants that zoning, but that is what is already in place.
BPI has been in business in Cobb County for over 30 years, has been involved in some of Cobb County’s most outstanding real estate developments, and is a small developer always trying to maintain the highest regard for property and the surrounding homeowners. The “Estate” is working with BPI in good faith to acquire the proper rezoning classification for the property by asking the County to increase the number of allowed lots by 4, from 26 to 30 lots, keeping 8.15 acres as open space, totally undisturbed in perpetuity, only developing 12 acres. The percentage of property saved is 39 percent, and Mud Creek is left totally undisturbed, an ideal OSC Community.
Understanding the progress/process of development, yet maintaining the proper perspective of a family’s right to sell their property for the highest and best use is always a sensitive business. However, making the most sense of a land plan must remain a business, and the professional staff of Cobb County recommended approval of the proposed land plan, which is in keeping with the beauty of this special tract and leaves a large percentage undisturbed.
The current 26-lot zoning allows for total destruction of the land, leaves no open space for the enjoyment of the surrounding area and would cross Mud Creek, which is not what BPI or the “Estate” desires. The new re-zoning to R-20 OSC is the ultimate highest and best usage for this lovely parcel of property.
Blake Properties, Inc.