South Cobb resident Brenda Nash lives on Queen Mill Road, adjacent to a proposed subdivision outside Mableton. Nash urged the Cobb Planning Commission to recommend denial of the application, which they did unanimously following a motion from Chairman Galt Porter.

MARIETTA — The Cobb County Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend denial of a 67-unit subdivision outside of Mableton.

Green Line Partners sought to develop a series of lots, totaling more than 21 acres, on Queen Mill Road in south Cobb. The project faced opposition from both neighbors and the Mableton Improvement Coalition and was held by the Planning Commission a month ago.

Area resident Brenda Nash and Robin Meyer, of the Mableton Improvement Coalition, said the density of the project was not in keeping with the area’s semi-rural feel. The dramatic elevation changes of more than 100 feet on the property would make the new construction hard to hide from the road, and clear-cutting the woods would result in problems with runoff and erosion, Nash said.

Planning Commission Chair Galt Porter asked the developer last month to come back with a less obtrusive design. Attorney James Balli said Green Line addressed those concerns by increasing buffers around the property and reducing its density.

Meyer and Nash weren’t having it.

“You still get a speeding ticket for going 45 in a 30-mile-an-hour zone,” Meyer said of Balli’s claims to improving the design.

As Porter relayed, Green Line told the Planning Commission the current version would be their final offer. While he acknowledged the design had been improved, Porter said there were “still a lot of issues with this plan,” and moved to recommend denial.

Decisions made by the Planning Commission are recommendations only. All final decisions are rendered by the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

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