READ | Momentum builds for local control in South Cobb
Tre Hutchins, who lives in unincorporated Cobb and an alliance member, said the organization has so far raised $20,000 towards its initiative.
Mableton, the home of former Gov. Roy Barnes, was briefly incorporated in 1912, but de-annexed and became part of unincorporated Cobb County in 1916. Hutchins said the movement for incorporation has been discussed for more than a decade, but it never “had any teeth” until recently.
Hutchins said the incorporation push is all about residents who are trying to “customize our landscape” to attract redevelopment and improve waste management and parks and recreation amenities.
“We’re prime for redevelopment, but we need an economic engine that’s going to get us there,” Hutchins said.
County Commissioner Lisa Cupid, who represents the Mableton area, said she is aware of efforts to mobilize a city, but thought organizers would wait until the feasibility study was complete before filing the legislation. Cupid said she’s reserving judgment until she sees the results of the study.
“That would be my next point of interest,” she said.
Cupid said it’s understandable for the community to want more control over zoning issues, but said the new city’s level of service has to be adequately applied across its geographical area.
Anyone who wants to learn more can join the South Cobb Alliance for an informational meeting at 7 p.m. March 18 at the South Cobb Library at 805 Clay Street in Mableton.