A single-family subdivision in South Cobb was approved 3-1-1 Nov. 21 by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Commission Chairman Mike Boyce said he could not support the request “due to the density.” Also expressing “grave misgivings” over the design, density and road infrastructure was Robin Meyer, chairman of the board of the Mableton Improvement Coalition.
Requesting postponement, Meyer said, “The attitude seems to be ‘When it comes to South Cobb, a lower standard is just fine’; but it’s not just fine.”
Commissioner Bob Ott was absent during that portion of the meeting.
Attorney Garvis Sams, speaking for the applicants Josh Thompson and Larry Thompson, said the $50 million project would sit on 46.3 acres and include 152 homes. The location is at the end of Burrus Lane, Milton Place, Lakeview Drive and Mark Lee Drive northeast of Veterans Memorial Highway. Price points are the high $200,000s to the low $300,000s “but may go up,” Sams added.
Amenities will include athletic fields, a junior pool, an Olympic-size pool, a 1600 square-foot clubhouse, 95 guest parking spaces, pocket parks and $300,000 for road improvements.
Without this request, Commissioner Lisa Cupid said Burrus Lane would continue to be a one-lane road but now will be expanded. With upwards of a $50 million investment, “you do not turn away,” said Cupid who added she is hopeful the subdivision’s density will spur commercial development along Veterans Memorial Highway.
“I have not seen development come to this area for at least a couple of decades - if not more,” noted Cupid who, as the commissioner for that area, will have the final say on the architectural style and composition, final site plan, fencing and pocket parks.
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