MARIETTA — Fifty-five homes priced above $500,000 were quickly given unanimous approval by Cobb commissioners Tuesday morning.
Of those 55 homes, 48 are planned for a 23.1-acre property on Pebblebrook Lane, just off Pebblebrook Road and nearly a mile northeast of U.S. 78 in the southern portion of Cobb. Loyd Development Services plans to offer single-family homes of 2,200 to 4,000 square feet and more at prices of $500,000 to $600,000.
Attorney Garvis Sams previously said the proposed prices would put the homes in line with those found in the nearby Vinings Estates and Vinings Springs neighborhoods.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Sams said Loyd Development could begin construction on the homes this summer after closing on the property and going through the plan review process.
Also given the green light was Duncan Land Investments’ application to allow for seven homes on 3.3 acres on Blackwell Road, just south of Shallowford Road in northeast Cobb. The homes would be at least 2,800 square feet and would be priced at $500,000 to $600,000, according to zoning documents.
Both applications were approved as part of the commissioners’ consent agenda — cases that are considered without discussion.
A zoning request to make way for seven half-million-dollar homes on 2.5 acres on the north side of Shallowford Road and east of Lassiter Road was continued by commissioners and could be voted upon at commissioners’ June 20 zoning meeting. The vote on RSDC1 LLC’s proposal was delayed as the applicant continues to work on the neighborhood’s final site plan.
Plans for the development call for homes of at least 2,500 square feet in size with anticipated selling prices starting in the high $500,000s, according to zoning documents.
VOTES ON NORTHEAST COBB CASES DELAYED
Neighbors residing near a movie theater just off Shallowford Road will have to wait another month to see if a European grocery chain will get the county’s go-ahead to build on the theater’s site.
Officials with the Lidl chain had applied to turn the 5.8-acre site of Georgia Theatre Company’s Park 12 Cobb into one of its stores. If approved, it would be the second Lidl store given the green light by the county; commissioners back in September agreed to rezone a 7.8-acre tract on Floyd Road near Floyd Middle School in Mableton to allow the grocer to build a 36,000-square-foot store.
Attorney Parks Huff, who is representing Lidl in the matter, said the application was held at the request of the company to allow for more time to work on its proposal. Commissioners could consider the matter on June 20.
The proposed grocery site is within the district of Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who has scheduled a June 7 community meeting at the East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road. The 6:30 p.m. meeting will include a presentation from Lidl officials about the project with a question-and-answer session to follow.
Another northeast Cobb case that had been scheduled for a vote, OB-15, will also move to next month’s agenda. The zoning case had sought to settle a lawsuit regarding the property of T.M. Barnes, who owns about 7.9 acres on Ebenezer Road near Blackwell and Cedar Ridge roads. Duluth-based Paran Homes is seeking to a build a 16-home neighborhood on the land.
A lawsuit involving Barnes’ property was filed after commissioners late last year rescinded a vote to allow Barnes’ land and a neighboring property — the parcels totaling about 9.6 acres — to be rezoned to allow for 20 homes to be built.
The vote on that rezoning case, Z-35, came months after Marietta-based Adventur Living LLC originally sought to build 76 senior living homes on Barnes’ property and two neighboring parcels, which totaled 15.6 acres. Residents of nearby neighborhoods opposed the development for months, which led the owner of a nearly 6-acre parcel that was a part of the initial plan to back out as opposition railed against the project’s initial density of 4.87 homes per acre.
Huff had filed the lawsuit challenging county commissioners’ ability to rescind the rezoning they approved. On Tuesday, he said the postponement of commissioners’ vote on the matter was requested as both sides continue discussions on the current 16-home proposal.
Neighbors of the proposed development have suggested a number of stipulations they hope Paran Homes and commissioners will agree to should the settlement be approved by the county. Among the proposed stipulations is that the site plan be changed so two of the homes do not have their own driveway off Ebenezer Road, rather, that they, like the other homes on the site plan, have driveway entrances within the neighborhood.
Huff said the developer is working on a plan that would move the two driveways off Ebenezer Road by way of shared driveways.
HOMEOWNER MUST GET RID OF HENS
Commissioners denied a northeast Cobb resident’s land-use application to allow her to keep three hens in a pen on her North Mountain Road property, giving her 45 days to get rid of the birds.
Natallia Vilchenko said she and her family had spent more than $1,200 on the hens, from $200 to apply for county variances in an effort to keep them, $700 for their coop and fencing, and other expenses.
“Our chickens are a part of our family,” Vilchenko said of the hens, named Ryaba, Grey and Polka Dots.
Helping to speak on behalf of Vilchenko, who is originally from Belarus, was next-door neighbor Bob Windham, who expressed his support of the chickens. He said that due to the topography of their street, he could not see the chickens unless he looked up at Vilchenko’s property from his home’s top floor.
Several residents from Vilchenko’s neighborhood spoke against the application, with one of their reasons being that her keeping of the hens would be a violation of the county’s zoning ordinances. The county requires property owners to apply for a temporary land-use permit in order to have chickens on a property smaller than 2 acres. Vilchenko’s property is less than half an acre, while her coop would have required a variance to waive the code’s required setback from 30 feet to 14 feet, according to county zoning documents.
Opponents also expressed concern that the hens, and the precedent they could have set should other homeowners establish similar setups, would cause property values to drop.
Birrell cited the county code specifications in her proposal to deny Vilchenko’s permit, with Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioner Bob Weatherford also voting for denial.
Commissioners Lisa Cupid and Bob Ott voted against denying the permit. Cupid said she was limited in her ability to make a decision on the matter without knowledge of the neighborhood’s homeowners association’s regulations and covenants, while Ott contended that there was no evidence the chickens would affect property values and that Vilchenko had support of contiguous neighbors.