The earliest the Cobb Planning Commission would consider a vote on the rezoning request is February, said Kevin Isakson, director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living.
After mounting opposition to his proposed development by such groups as the East Cobb Civic Association, Isakson Living withdrew its zoning request last month.
The original plan would have built a $200 million senior residential development on property off Roswell Road adjacent to East Cobb Park. The plan submitted Tuesday reduces the number of proposed housing units from 987 to 843.
Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area, said he was taken by surprise that Isakson Living filed a new plan. Ott hasn’t taken a position on the merits of the development, but says he is not pleased by the process Isakson Living has gone about in seeking its request.
“I’m disappointed in the fact that we were told, both myself and the community, that we would have a chance to see the plan and comment on it before they ever filed, and none of that happened,” Ott said Wednesday.
Jill Flamm, president of the East Cobb Civic Association, which represents about 9,000 homeowners, echoed Ott’s comments.
“First off, we’re disappointed they didn’t come to the community like they had promised before they had filed it,” Flamm said. “We will take a position on the new one, but we don’t have enough information to form a position at this point.”
After Isakson Living withdrew its plan last month, Ott said he and Commissioner JoAnn Birrell began receiving letters from residents asking that the requested zoning category, called Continuing Care Retirement Community, be reviewed and revised.
Ott said the committee that developed that zoning category did so when he served on the Planning Commission prior to his election to the Board of Commissioners in 2008. The plan was to bring that committee back to look at tweaking the category, Ott said.
County spokesman Robert Quigley confirmed that county staff would request that the Board of Commissioners place a moratorium on the zoning category at next week’s board meeting, while the committee considered revisions.
Quigley said because Isakson Living filed its rezoning request this week, any moratorium adopted next week would not impact it.
Isakson, son of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, said he was aware the county was eyeing the existing code.
“I didn’t know for a fact that there would be a moratorium, but I was aware that was going to be taken up and certainly that a part of our planning process is putting our plans out there and being certain that we’re able to preserve our right under the existing code as it currently stands,” Isakson said.
The original plan called for 837 independent living units and 150 health care units. The new plan calls for 749 independent living units and 94 healthcare units with one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes for seniors ages 62 and older.
Floor plans are projected to range from 900 square feet to 2,500.
The original plan called for buildings of four stories built on top of a parking garage.
“Now we’ve located all the parking underground. None of the parking will be exposed,” Isakson said. “The tallest buildings remain four stories, but what’s different is that we focused that in the middle of the site, and we’ve focused on the buildings on the perimeter, specifically Roswell Road and Hidden Hollow, we’ve reduced those heights to two and three stories.”