Goreham vote against rezoning request praised
June 06, 2013 10:57 PM | 1629 views | 2 2 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print

In response to Susan Wright’s letter to the editor about West Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham’s failure to support rezoning of major parcels along Dallas Highway, on the contrary, Goreham is doing her job by supporting the land use plan and responsible development.

That particular rezone request was for commercial use when the land use plan allows for low-rise offices. A residential senior-living facility was considered for that property and would have generated property tax dollars and jobs. A subdivision behind that property would have been adversely affected by a strip mall.

Goreham was not the only commissioner to vote “no” on that request and on others along Dallas Highway. Many residents of west Cobb do not want to see Dallas Highway turned into a Cobb Parkway or Johnson Ferry Road.

If the developer was so intent on putting the upscale farmers market up, why not consider the property on Whitlock where Dave Poe’s restaurant is, that has been mostly vacant for five years? The county would benefit by the revitalizing of abandoned areas and strip malls and the farmers market would have benefited by drawing a higher concentration and more centralized customer base.

Dallas Highway is still a parking lot inbound in the morning and outbound in the evening. And we should consider adding more confusion and traffic and gridlock?

The letter following Susan Wright’s in Tuesday’s paper was just an example of the issues surrounding irresponsible development. The letter referenced previous discussions about making Whitlock and Polk streets one way to relieve congestion which have gone nowhere.

Stepping out of the bounds of the land use plan is not limited to commercial development. As many residential developers look at west Cobb (and Paulding County) for new subdivisions, there are many rezone requests this year for changes to the land use plan by increasing the number of houses above those zoned for on the land use plan. Dallas Highway is a feeder road and this will adversely affect the quality of life in west Cobb by adding more residents and shoppers on Dallas Highway without increasing the infrastructures such as schools and roads. The community spoke out six or seven years ago when a developer was looking to put a huge development on Dallas and Old Hamilton. Many of those people still live out there and probably feel the same way.

Thank you, Commissioner Goreham and the other commissioners who voted to uphold the land-use plan, and for listening to the many residents that come to town hall meetings and commissioners’ meetings to express their concerns about irresponsible development.

Fran Jackson

west Cobb
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June 07, 2013
Ditto to Fran, Keli & Gabriella. The downturn in the ecomomy was a real relief for West Cobb. Now it looks like the assault is starting again. Fill up the vacant store fronts and carved out, but unfinished subdivisions before starting more.
Gabriella Coroneos
June 07, 2013
Land Use Plan & West Cobb...

I fully support Helen Goreham and the other Cobb Commissioners for upholding the Land Use Plan for the Dallas Hwy area of West Cobb. Thank you all for listening to the residents of Marietta - West Cobb. We live in this immediate area, unlike Susan Wright a teacher who lives in Kennesaw. We have to deal with the traffic and congestion near our homes, not Ms.Wright. I also agree completely with the opinions expressed by Fran Jackson and Keli Gambrill. We,the residents of this area of Cobb do not want rampant commercial development in this area. We will continue to vigorously oppose any attempt for this area of Dallas Hwy to become another Johnson Ferry/Roswell Rd non-stop commercial strip of highway. Keli Gambrill is right, we have commercial vacancies in the area, including a large place suitable for the farmers market, on Whitlock Ave, not far from the government offices. We don't need to build more to see them end up vacant. The school problem is a separate matter and I am tired of hearing non-stop complaints about the school problems in the state of Georgia. It is a very complex problem that needs serious and major government attention, but packing every inch of land in West Cobb with commercial structures is not the solution.

Gabriella Coroneos - West Cobb
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