Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Neighbors behind Canton Road wanted the sign lowered.
An electronic billboard for a Canton Road site won approval Tuesday despite the opposition of neighbors. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to allow Clear Channel to install the electronic sign in place of a traditional static billboard on a commercial lot at 3205 Canton Rd. in Northeast Cobb. Commissioner Helen Goreham voted no without explanation. She did not speak during the 20-minute hearing. Canton Road Neighbors President Carol Brown did speak against the zoning variance. She was one of six people at the hearing at 100 Cherokee St. who opposed the billboard, though the only one to address the board. Brown said the neighbors behind the sign on Hilltop Drive weren’t against the billboard as long as Clear Channel would go …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
An annexation for the community improvement district is on the Cobb County Board of Commissioners' agenda for the meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 100 Cherokee St.
The agenda for this morning's Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting includes an expansion of the Town Center Community Improvement District within Northeast Cobb. The proposed expansion, approved last month by the CID board and part of the commissioners' consent agenda, would add two commercial properties owned by VKEP B L.L.C. and five residential parcels owned by Robert McCamy along Chastain Meadows Parkway between Big Shanty and Chastain roads. VKEP B has consented to the annexation into the special tax district. McCamy doesn't have to agree because the CID does not tax residential property. The annexation resolution is part of a pretty routine agenda. Among other items of interest to specific Patches: The board has its regular …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Georgia's cities and counties successfully lobbied to stop the Right to Grow Act, which would have protected backyard chickens.
Friday, March 23, 2012
In February, Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) introduced the Right to Grow Act to the Georgia General Assembly. The bill, which would have prohibited cities and counties from banning gardens, chickens and honeybees for personal consumption, sailed through the House Agriculture Committee, only to be killed by the Rules Committee after very aggressive lobbying by the cities and counties. They felt that it violated home rule granted to them by the Georgia Constitution and grumbled about potential lawsuits. They said the cities and counties are better able to legislate their areas without state intervention. If that is the case, who looks out for the people when their local governments lose touch with what is important to them? Who is …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The 4-1 county commission vote clears the way for a $6.5 million revival of Sandy Plains Village.
Your chance to get dinner and a movie in the same Northeast Cobb seat moved closer to reality Tuesday. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1, with East Cobb’s Bob Ott opposed, to approve the rezoning of the Sandy Plains Village Shopping Center and clear the way for Movie Tavern to move in. The decision offers the dated, largely vacant shopping center a new life but exposes neighbors in the Chatsworth subdivision to a 45-foot-tall building just beyond their backyards. The shopping center along Highway 92 (Woodstock Road) between Sandy Plains and Mabry roads dates to the late 1970s and was built before Chatsworth. It once was home to two anchor stores, Kroger and Stein Mart, but now is only 18 percent leased, said Kevin Moore, an …