A major backer of Jonathan Page criticizes Bob Ott's zoning decision on Isakson Living: In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Jim Rhoden, a major supporter of Page, criticized Ott's decision to deny the Isakson Living zoning next to East Cobb Park, called "Tritt Walk" in the article. View the entire MDJ article here.
We were pleased to see Commissioner Bob Ott uphold zoning rights and vote to deny the large-scale CCRC plan as proposed by Isakson Living on March 17, 2015. Isakson Living then started litigation against Cobb County and the Board of Commissioners after the decision, and the case is still in mediation.
During the March 17, 2015 meeting, the Board of Commissioners also placed a 1-year moratorium on all CCRC applications until the CCRC zoning code, drafted in part by Isakson Living, could be reviewed. The recommended CCRC changes were proposed January 2016, but Chairman Lee voted to put a hold on adopting the suggested CCRC changes.
District 2 campaign disclosure reports show split in business community
by Meris Lutz
Campaign donations in the race for District 2 county commissioner, which pits incumbent Bob Ott against attorney Jonathan Page, show an apparent split in the business and development community over the two candidates.
Page has sought to cast Ott as an obstructionist, while Ott has said voters don’t want a candidate who will “vote yes to get along.”
Page and Ott are both running as Republicans, meaning the outcome will likely be determined at the May 24 primary. Independent and third-party candidates, however, have until June to declare.
As for the apparent shared base of support between himself and Chairman Lee, Page said he was “not aware of any policy perspective that Lee and I share.”Rhoden, for his part, said he was “flattered by the suggestion that (he was) a mastermind behind anything,” saying he was “one of many” who urged Page to run.
Rhoden said he was “thoroughly disappointed” with Ott, whom he called a source of “strife and aggravation” on the Board of Commissioners who voted inconsistently.
By way of example, Rhoden pointed to Ott’s vote against Tritt Walk, a 481-unit residential senior living development proposed by developer Isakson Living. Rhoden pointed out that Ott had voted in favor of another senior living development in a residential area, Sterling Estates, which was approved with 90 units and six cottage duplexes in 2012.
Ott said the two cases were completely different, emphasizing the difference in density between 481 units and 90.
“Every zoning case has to be looked at on its own merits,” Ott said. He went on to say that campaign donations from property managers, businesses and members of the Cumberland CID contradicts the criticism that he is not a team player.
“What it shows is I meet (with the business community) and listen to their concerns and we work together to make the community better,” Ott said. “Those are the very people that my opponent is accusing me of not working with.”
Separately, District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid is running for re-election unopposed.
Click to read the entire Marietta Daily Journal article here.