The zoning process in Cobb County starts with the Planning Commission, which reviews zoning requests during a Planning Commission Hearing (Tuesday, May 6 at 9 AM) and makes a recommendation to approve or deny each request. This is only a recommendation, since all zoning cases then go before the Board of Commissioners at their meeting two weeks later (Tuesday, May 20 at 9 AM), and the Board of Commissioners will make the final decision. Both meetings are important for the future of East Cobb, so try to attend at least one!
Both meetings will be at 9 AM at the same location, 100 Cherokee Street, in Marietta, very close to Marietta Square. There are two parking decks nearby. Parking is $5, cash only, so carpool if possible. See the map above. From Parking Deck 1, you can take the 2nd floor pedestrian bridge directly to the Government Building, and you will be at the Board of Commissioners meeting room. From Parking Deck 2, just cross Waddell Street into the Government Building and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
Please arrive early, as there will likely be many people at these meetings. If you have a Concerned Citizen or another yellow T-shirt, please wear it, and we will have more T-shirts available before the meeting for $10 cash (you can pre-order one here).
The Isakson Living zoning case will almost certainly be heard first. The case will start with a headcount of those for and against the proposal, which is why we need you there! After the headcount, which should be complete by 9:45, you are free to leave, and we certainly understand that people have other obligations. If you can, please stay to hear the case. There will be several zoning cases heard at both meetings, and you can also leave after the Isakson Living zoning case is complete.
At the Planning Commission meeting, Isakson Living will have a total of 10 minutes to present their case, and then the opposition will have a total of 10 minutes to argue against this proposal. Then, the 5 members of the Planning Commission will ask questions of Isakson Living and the opposition. The Planning Commission will then make a recommendation to approve or deny the zoning application. They can also decide to delay a decision for various reasons, but we will be pushing hard for a denial recommendation, because we believe Isakson Living has had plenty of time to make a reasonable proposal to East Cobb, and more time is unlikely to change anything.
Please be on your best behavior! No applause, booing or comments are allowed from the audience. Show your support for keeping East Cobb low density by coming to at least one of these meetings!