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.