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Holly Springs Rd. Subdivision OK'd

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell says the plan for 64 houses balances the needs of neighbors and the developer.

A slightly scaled-back Northeast Cobb subdivision got the go-ahead from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

The board voted 3-1 to approve a zoning change allowing 64 houses to be built on slightly more than 33 acres northeast of the intersection of Holly Springs and Post Oak Tritt roads, The Marietta Daily Journal reported.

Chairman Tim Lee voted no, arguing that the zoning should stay at R-20 like nearby subdivisions, capping the development at 60 houses, the MDJ said. Commissioner Bob Ott was absent.

The original proposal called for 84 houses on the site. East Cobb developer EAH Investments cut the request to 72 homes, and the Cobb Planning Commission recommended a maximum of 69 in December.

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Several people raised concerns about the subdivision, especially related to traffic, during Commissioner JoAnn Birrell’s town-hall meeting Thursday night at the Mountain View Community Center.

While some people questioned the need for new houses in a weak market, Birrell said there’s hot demand for any new homes in the Pope, Lassiter and Walton districts, which is why four subdivisions in her district were approved last year.

The proposed subdivision falls into the Pope district.

Birrell, who represents the area, refused to take a position that night, saying she needed to wait for Tuesday’s hearing.

Although nearby residents turned out in opposition to the subdivision Tuesday, Birrell voted for it.

She told the MDJ that the board’s vote reflected the concerns of both sides.

The development is just south of a traffic roundabout the county will install at Holly Springs and Davis roads this summer. Birrell said that improvement will relieve some of the traffic pressure from the new houses.

It’s still possible the subdivision won’t happen. The developer’s attorney told the MDJ the reduced number of houses could upset the deal to purchase the land from the Mabry Family Trust.

If the purchase goes through, work could start right away. The developer must get a land disturbance permit within a year to preserve the rezoning.

K Kane February 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Has anyone considered the overcrowding of our schools due to this? We live in this district and it seems we have more than enough students already.
Michael Jacobs February 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM
That's a good question. Because the school district is independent of the county government, with its own funding and own elected governing board, those considerations don't usually come up in zoning decisions. The county approves housing, and the school system later has to adjust to the new realities.
Julia Harris February 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM
K Kane has a valid point. Another important issue is traffic congestion. Traffic patterns change when new subdivisions are built in a community.
Be Green February 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Traffic is a nightmare on H. Springs and will obviously get worse. Very few tracts of undeveloped land remain in East Cobb. Last week 3 coyote killed a deer in our neighborhood. This will obviously get worse as well. We don't have a tradition or legislation in place to preserve green space. (Although prior to the recession Cobb has supported passive parks.) We already have many code red and code orange days each year in East Cobb and continuing to allow all the trees to be knocked down is not in our long-term interest.
Be Green February 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I heard them address that in a community meeting and they said that they project declining enrollment in the Pope school district, at least in the short term, and so they believed this was not a deterring factor.
Artie February 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I always have to laugh at those people who move into an area and then want no one else to move in. When I moved here in 1982 Sandy Plains and Shallowford was a 4 way stop with all woods. People you to ride horses up and down Shallowford.
Michael Jacobs February 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thanks for the information, Be Green. The more people who can share information from community meetings, the better.
Glenn February 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
There are two foreclosed neighborhoods right down the road on Holly Springs . Both are in Popes school district . I'm sure this developer can get a good deal on those properties . Its silly to think that there is all this demand for homes , new or not , with as high as the inventory is .
Lauren Anderson February 23, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Oh please - A round-about at Holly Springs and Davis Road is going to relieve the traffic pressure that already exists in this area, not to mention adding 64 new homes (probably each with multiple vehicles) - I don't think so. Not only the traffic issue, but one of my big concerns is that, like so many newer developments, the land will be cleared, streets and utilities will be put in, maybe a few houses built, maybe a few buyers or not.....and then the basically clear cut land sits there. I'm all for progress and growth and development; BUT we do need green space, too. We moved to this area in 1977 and, believe me, it has undergone MAJOR change and growth. At that time there was mostly vacant land all around the area. This piece of land is truly just about the last piece of vacant land we have. Some years ago, I visited Los Angeles for several days. It was initially very exciting and interesting. But after several days, I began to get this almost claustrophobiic feeling as we just rode around and explored. I realized that feeling was because there was NO green space. Everything was houses, buildings and concrete - no area to connect/commune with Mother Nature - not to mention the important role trees play in our lives. Oh, and one other thing - we also have deer, and I'm sure some of them probably live in the wooded area of the Holly Springs/Post Oak Tritt property. It's amazing they are still here; what will happen to them???
D May 01, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I am always for more green space and LESS houses! I moved to the BURBS for a reason....... and would like to keep it surburban not see it go urban

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