Cobb objects to Acworth annexation proposal

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted its objection Jan. 22 to an annexation request of 22 acres by the city of Acworth.

Known as 5134 North Shores Road, the annexation is scheduled to be heard by the Acworth Board of Aldermen at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Council Chambers, Acworth City Hall, 4415 Senator Russell Ave., Acworth.

The applicant is Lakepoint Campgrounds, wanting to continue use of the land as a residential/campground business “with no changes.”

Even though the vote was taken by the commissioners on Jan. 22 - except for Commissioner Bob Ott who was absent, a letter from four of the Cobb commissioners was sent to Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood on Dec. 28, notifying him of the county’s objection to this annexation.

Those commissioners signing this letter were Commission Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioners JoAnn K. Birrell, Lisa Cupid and Ott - but not outgoing Commissioner Bob Weatherford or new Commissioner Keli Gambrill, representing that area.

While the current use is compatible with the Future Land Use of Park/Recreation/Conservation, the proposed city zoning of A/R-20 is not, according to a county statement.

Also, while the county cannot object when the proposed zoning will result in a down zoning, it would not be a down zoning for the applicant’s RR request.

However, the county’s Community Development Agency made no recommendation.

As she was concerning a November annexation of 55 acres that was approved by the city for the Lakeside at Cedarcrest mixed-use development by Green Worx, Teresa Stendahl of Acworth again told the Cobb commissioners on Jan. 8 that she was in opposition to this annexation.

If the city approves the rezoning and annexation anyway, then the county “will exercise the dispute resolution provisions of the Intergovernmental Agreement” and state law, according to the county’s letter to Allegood.