Rezoning would be best use of west Cobb property
August 14, 2013 11:19 PM | 2158 views | 5 5 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

The truth must be told regarding The Raines family “Estate” property located at 300 West Sandtown Road in West Cobb. The Cobb County Planning Commission’s meeting held Aug. 6, listened to case #Z-33, Blake Properties, Inc. (BPI) requesting re-zoning from R-20/R-30 to R-20 OSC. The front page MDJ report Aug. 7 “W. Cobb developments shot down” erroneously stated, “Under its current zoning designation, the developer, Marietta-based Blake Properties, Inc., could build 20 lots, which is 10 less than what it asked for.” This scenario concluded that BPI, Bruce Goodman, President, is trying to increase the usage by 33 percent, which was erroneous and misleading.

The current zoning designation allows 26 lots with no undisturbed or landscaped buffers, thereby allowing total disturbance/development of the entire 20.9 acres, plus crossing the tributary of Mud Creek. No one wants that zoning, but that is what is already in place.

BPI has been in business in Cobb County for over 30 years, has been involved in some of Cobb County’s most outstanding real estate developments, and is a small developer always trying to maintain the highest regard for property and the surrounding homeowners. The “Estate” is working with BPI in good faith to acquire the proper rezoning classification for the property by asking the County to increase the number of allowed lots by 4, from 26 to 30 lots, keeping 8.15 acres as open space, totally undisturbed in perpetuity, only developing 12 acres. The percentage of property saved is 39 percent, and Mud Creek is left totally undisturbed, an ideal OSC Community.

Understanding the progress/process of development, yet maintaining the proper perspective of a family’s right to sell their property for the highest and best use is always a sensitive business. However, making the most sense of a land plan must remain a business, and the professional staff of Cobb County recommended approval of the proposed land plan, which is in keeping with the beauty of this special tract and leaves a large percentage undisturbed.

The current 26-lot zoning allows for total destruction of the land, leaves no open space for the enjoyment of the surrounding area and would cross Mud Creek, which is not what BPI or the “Estate” desires. The new re-zoning to R-20 OSC is the ultimate highest and best usage for this lovely parcel of property.

Bruce Goodman

President

Blake Properties, Inc.
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anonymous
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August 15, 2013
The whole story wasn't told in either the original article or this letter to the Editor. The fact is the developer has asked for a significant density increase. The plan submitted may have been within the guidelines of OSC-20, but OSC-20 is an increase in density from the existing zoning. This doesn't need to be take the plan as submitted or develop it under the existing zoning. An OSC plan with less density could provide a good solution without disturbing the creek. There are also traffic safety issues that could be solved by a better design with fewer lots.
Craig Kootsillas
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August 15, 2013
"Pass the plan or creek gets it"

Whoa...

Now about that stormwater tax...
anonymous
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August 15, 2013
Go to East Cobb or Cherokee or North Fulton or wherever... just go.
Paige Raines Gregory
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August 17, 2013
I would LOVE to continue paying for your lovely view, but that wont be happening! If this does not get re-zoned, keep in mind that it is already zoned for 26 homes. Think of what we could put there rather than $500,000.00 homes. We are trying to do the right thing for the community and the property. The property we have owned for more than 30 years. and I am not so cowardly that I will hide behind "ANONYMOUS" Paige Raines Gregory
he's dangerous
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August 19, 2013
get a new developer, talk to neighbors. you'll be ok
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