Cobb continues ban on off-campus KSU housing

A third ban on off-campus housing near Kennesaw State University will continue until - at most - after March 31, 2019 by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

That unanimous decision was made by the commissioners on Oct. 23 after they accepted - but did not adopt - an 18-page Purpose-Built Student Housing (PBSH) Study prepared by the Cobb Community Development Agency.

Until at least March 31, several public meetings will be held by the commissioners and county staff, involving the city of Kennesaw, KSU, the Town Center Community Improvement District, Bells Ferry Civic Association and residents.

Among the study’s recommendations are monitoring the development of off-campus student housing (known as PBSH), concentrating off-campus student housing closer to the KSU campus and keeping students out of single-family residential neighborhoods.

Extending the ban on PBSH rezoning applications will provide time for the county staff to prepare new regulations - recommended in the PBSH Study - for review by the Cobb commissioners possibly sooner than March 31, Cobb Community Development Agency Director Dana Johnson told the commissioners.

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The first moratorium went into effect Oct. 11, 2017 to July 31, 2018; then from June 12, 2018 to Oct. 31, 2018 and now until after March 31.

There are two PBSH projects under construction near KSU, the study noted.

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