Developer set to break ground on E. Cobb site
by Jon Gillooly
September 21, 2012 01:37 AM | 5557 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EAST COBB — Expect the trees to be bulldozed on one of the last pieces of woodland in east Cobb within the next three weeks as developer Paul Corley moves forward with his 64-home development, a county official said Thursday.

Rob Hosack, the county’s community development director, gave an update on the development to a group of about 16 people during the East Cobb Civic Association’s Thursday night meeting at the East Cobb Government Service Center.

“We expect probably within the next two to three weeks they’ll have their permits in hand and they’ll be ready to start construction,” Hosack said. “They have estimated an 18- to 24-month build-out.”

Hosack said he expects the houses to range from the mid $350,000s to the mid $650,000s.

In February, by a 3-1 vote, with Chairman Tim Lee opposing and Southeast Commissioner Bob Ott absent, commissioners agreed to a zoning request that cleared the way for Corley to build 64 homes on the 33.2-acre property owned by the Mabry Family Trust at the northeast corner of Post Oak Tritt and Holly Springs roads.

“When it first came to us, they were requesting 88 homes,” said Northeast Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who represents the area. “Then they got down to 72. We approved 64.”

Corley, founder and CEO of Edward Andrews Homes, filed suit in Cobb Superior Court following the vote with the mediation process overseen by Senior Cobb Superior Court Judge Conley Ingram, Birrell said.

Hosack said Corley dropped the lawsuit last week and is now ready to build the development as approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Corley could have built 59 or 60 homes under the original zoning, Birrell said.

“There’s a lot of traffic and density in that area as it is, so to me the compromise to 64 lots is a win-win situation,” Birrell said. “They could get lots without getting any stipulations. Now they’re going to have 64 lots but a lot of stipulations and conditions that they’ll have to live by.”

One requirement is that any box turtles found on the site will be relocated to a nearby park.

East Cobb Civic Association board member Trish Steiner is satisfied with the outcome.

“That property has been dense woods for all these years,” Steiner said. “There are owls on there and all kinds of hawks and so many different kinds of birds, but the box turtles are an endangered species, so it was really good. I’m very pleased that we got all the stipulations that we wanted. We have 64 homes. We had asked for 60, we’ve got 64, but all of our stipulations are in play. He’s going to have to plant a hardwood tree in every front yard.”

Hosack said it might have put the county at risk in court to cap the number of homes at 60, but 64 was defensible.

“That’s why they settled,” Hosack said. “They weren’t going to win that lawsuit.”
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William H.
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October 13, 2012
I love how people in surrounding neighborhoods talk about the land, like they own it. That entire area was hardwoods until your neighborhoods were built. I remember Bethany Glen was nearby and that was about it. I think 33 acres should've provided 66 half-acre home sites and even up to 70 would've been fair. Property rights are no more.
allensofmarietta
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September 30, 2012
Are we waiting for someone to be killed on Holly Springs Rd before the 35MPH speed limit is enforced?!? I take my life in my hands every time I pull out of my subdivision as it is now. I can't imagine what its going to be like after this development.
jonnat
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September 24, 2012
Lets not forget the deer that live there as well. I live in the subdivision directly behind - Holly Spring East - I am sickened by this destruction of forest area!!! I am also not thrilled at the thought of increased traffic and pollution!!!
Joseph Pond
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September 21, 2012
They keep telling those of us that want to legalize poultry in Cobb County to buy a lot that is the requisite two acres or more. At this rate, there will be no such property in Cobb! I heard that woodlands are overrated anyway, just like the Freedom to grow your food, or keep a pet of your choice....
ohdear!
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September 21, 2012
There is no mention of all the additional cars on Holly Springs Road and Post Oak Tritt Rd which are already congested at their intersection.
SG68
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September 21, 2012
Is every single solitary tree going to be stripped from the property like happened on Wigley Road at the base of Sweat Mountain?

One hardwood tree in every front yard? WOW!!!

I wonder how many mature hardwoods are being taken out that aren't being replaced.

No worries it will only take twenty or thirty years for trees of any size to grow.
IceDogg
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September 21, 2012
Yeah, because if there's one thing we need in this area, it's more houses. How many hundreds of houses do we already have for sale in East Cobb?

Oh well, at least they thought about the box turtles (just not the humans already living here).
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