Cobb approves four new housing development projects
by Nikki Wiley
July 09, 2013 12:13 AM | 3761 views | 8 8 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Four new housing developments received the go-ahead from the Cobb Planning Commission Monday, and while the area is participating in a national housing rebound, not all residents are keen on having new construction in their backyards.

The five-member commission unanimously approved three separate single-family housing developments that are planned for sites near Roswell at Shallowford and Mabry roads, Roswell Road and Heathemoor Hill Drive, and Mabry Road and Nettle Lane.

A 63-unit townhome community was also approved to be constructed on Spring Hill Parkway near Interstate 285. Those homes will target single residents and empty nesters priced in the mid-$300,000s. If given final approval by the Cobb Board of Commissioners, the owner would be allowed to rent no more than 10 percent of the townhomes.

The Board of Commissioners will take up the proposals next Tuesday.

The housing rebound is a trend that economists are noticing nationwide.

Home sales are at their highest level since November 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors. The 1990s and early 2000s were marked by a housing boom fueled by easy credit, which led to overbuilding, and then a crash landing in late 2008.

Now, Realtors are seeing fewer foreclosures and there is actually a shortage of homes on the market.

Planning Commission member Christi Trombetti says the housing market is improving for new homes and resale properties.

“In my opinion, we are seeing an increase in new subdivision proposals as a result of pent-up demand. Since 2007, we have not had very many new developments,” she said, noting that Monday’s seven-hour meeting is the longest she has attended in years. “In the meantime, existing inventory has been absorbed.”

Residents want more input

Still, some Cobb residents told the Planning Commission they want more input on what happens near their homes.

A 10-acre property surrounded by the Hedgerow neighborhood planned to be developed at Mabry Road and Nettle Lane met opposition Monday from residents fearing loss of privacy and damage to roads and private property by construction activities.

“We fully acknowledge that we’re coming through an existing subdivision which always raises some questions and concerns,” said Kevin Moore, who represented the property owner at the public hearing.

Moore hopes to placate neighbors by limiting construction access and construction hours and vowing to repair any damages.

“If what we’re doing causes damage, above and beyond the normal wear and tear, we want to be sure to address that,” Moore said.

Phillis Cormier said she isn’t completely against the development but worries about the distance of the development to her home, which sits across the street from where construction is proposed to take place. The development would be completely encased by a long-established Hedgerow neighborhood.

She maintains that with 11 children under the age of 11 on just her road and other children residing in the larger neighborhood, safety should be a priority.

Trish Steiner, of the East Cobb Civic Association, pleaded with the commission to do what they can to make the “unpleasant situation” bearable.

“There will be a huge negative impact for the 20-plus-year-old subdivision to suddenly have construction traffic,” Steiner said.

The existing neighborhood complicates construction, Trombetti said.

“It won’t be easy ... but when it’s done, I think it will be a lovely asset,” Trombetti said.

Eight more lots on Roswell Road met no opposition Monday.

At Shallowford Road near Roswell, a seven-home subdivision is planned for a 2.48-acre plot. The homes will be craftsman-style and priced from the low- to mid- $400,000s. Residents there also have some privacy worries.

“I can appreciate that (the owner) has contacted the residents right behind his property, but as a member of the (homeowner’s association), I have not been contacted,” said Jennifer Cash of the homes.

Jill Flamm, of the East Cobb Civic Association, echoed Cash’s comments expressing concern about involvement.

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AlphRae
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July 29, 2013
I don't mind the development, but I'd give my dangling participle to know how you figured the value of the "residents and empty nesters priced in the mid-$300,000s"....

WABAC
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July 10, 2013
These cows never cease to amaze me with their silly mooing "wah nobody told MeeEeeEeeEe (even though I know about it)," but the REAL burning question here is why in heck anyone other than retirees who don't go nowhere would EVER want to live in East Cobb (or West Cobb for that matter) where you have to drive 10 miles before you can even START going somewhere other than Applebee Kroger Home Depot Longhorn WalMart Strip Mall MacDonald Burger King Box Inc?
anonymous
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July 10, 2013
Good schools, low taxes, family friendly - and within 5 miles to additional retail in Roswell, S Springs, Kennesaw, and Marietta
Luek
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July 09, 2013
There are hundreds of good nearly new empty foreclosed home right now.

So, what am I not getting here about building more homes that really are not needed?

And how about those empty strip malls here? One big one on Powder Springs that was about 90% complete and construction just stopped. Weeds are growing in the parking lot now. Also, a nearly empty recently constructed mall is on Austell Road.

What banks are approving these bad investments?

Stop building
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July 09, 2013
Cobb County has a massive problem with traffic and you are going to approve new homes? I truly do not believe there is a shortage of homes. The commissioners need to think about the problems we already have in Cobb.
anonymous
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July 10, 2013
How ignorant can you be?

There are a shortage of homes for sale in e cobb, traffic isn't that bad in e cobb, and the property owners have a right to make money from their property.

What do you want the property used for? Another Walmart.

If you don't like the proposal, put up your own money to buy it - or shutup.
FROM TEXAS
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July 09, 2013
Wonder if Trish Steiner, Jill Flamm, and Jennifer Cash’s homes were built on pasture land or did they knock down some woods to build there Yuppie Mc Mansions. Once they were in their little world they became NIMBY’s. They use to be the big fish in the little pond now it’s about the power and running builders out of town to Johns Creek and other places and they can talk about the good old days when East Cobb was it. If neighborhoods aren’t renewed than you have Austell and Mableton now that’s something to look forward to!!
Brenda Real Eatate
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July 12, 2013
I've been to Frisco, Tx. There are a lot of McMansions in the pastures & wheat fields there, too. No longer available are 2 acres & a horse to make the modern Georgian or Texan happy. Things change in spite of our best efforts to remain happily in our ruts. Fire up the ipad, the iPhone, the apple and the big screen tv and smile.
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