Vinings would be the smallest of the proposed cities in Cobb County, with a population of about 7,000 people.
Supporters offer two main reasons for wanting to incorporate: local control of land development and parks.
The community sprang up in the 1800s along a railroad that connected Atlanta to Chattanooga. The historic town square is centered at the intersection of Paces Ferry and Paces Mill roads.
Unlike the proposed, larger cities of Lost Mountain, East Cobb and Mableton, the financial impact to the county government would be minimal. County finance officials estimate a loss of about $2.3 million — or less than 1% of the county’s $478 million general operating budget. Notably, about $800,000 of that lost revenue would come from hotel-motel taxes, which today are used to pay off public bonds used to build Truist Park, the Cobb taxpayer-funded Atlanta Braves stadium.
The proposed city would have a curving, elongated shape. It follows the Chattahoochee River on its eastern border, but to the west, it weaves in and out, including some subdivisions and excluding others along its western border. It goes as far west as I-285, as far south as Cobb Parkway and as far north as the corner of Paces Mill Road and Cobb Parkway.
The city’s odd shape led to accusations from Democrats earlier this month that supporters had gerrymandered the city limits to exclude people of color. Vinings would be 68% white, according to a feasibility study by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, making it less racially diverse than the county as a whole, which is 51% white.
Jimmy Eastham, a member of Vinings cityhood campaign, however, insisted the lines weren’t drawn with race in mind; instead the city extends south in order to pick up undeveloped land that could be used for recreational greenspace.
Today, Vinings has just one small park. Cityhood backers say that with their own government, they’d be able to provide more parkland and prevent high density development from encroaching on their historic community.
Also on Tuesday, a bill authorizing a referendum to create the city of Lost Mountain received final passage in the House, 98-64. The final version makes the mayor a citywide elected position, with a separate six-member city council.
Proposed Vinings city limits