The Cobb Planning Commission was scheduled to vote on the request for the 987-unit, 53.7 acre development off Roswell Road adjacent to East Cobb Park on Oct. 1, but Isakson Living has asked for and received permission from the county’s zoning department to delay that hearing until Nov. 5.
Kevin Isakson, a resident of east Cobb and director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living, said the additional time will allow his firm to address concerns raised by the neighbors, such as the height of the proposed buildings and the development’s density.
Isakson Living received a major blow recently when the influential East Cobb Civic Association, which represents about 9,000 homeowners, announced its opposition to the development.
Association president Jill Flamm said the proposed four-story buildings, which would stand on top of a parking garage, would give the appearance of a walled city from the surrounding community.
Isakson’s request is to change the zoning from single-family homes on half-acre lots to a multi-unit retirement facility for seniors.
Flamm said Friday she appreciated that Isakson was going back to the drawing board to revise the plan.
“We’re glad to see it,” Flamm said. “We had told him before that we would happily take a look at any new plans that he would care to present us, and given that he’s asked for the continuance now, it will give us more time, and plus, more importantly, all the neighbors’ time to look at this proposal and form an opinion.”
Flamm said she looks forward to reviewing Isakson’s new plan to see what changes he makes.
Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area on the Board of Commissioners, was also pleased by the news.
“I always think it’s a positive when a developer and an applicant basically acknowledges that the community’s concerns and interests are important, so the fact that they’ve asked for a continuance to allow time to make changes, which I have not seen, and try to address some of the community’s concerns, I think that’s always a positive,” Ott said.