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Canton Road Neighbors, Inc. was founded in June 2005 and is a Georgia nonprofit, nonpartisan civic and neighborhoods-based organization. CRN represents neighborhoods along the Canton corridor and our focus is on planning, zoning and other issues related to an aging commercial and residential community.  We have a five-member board of directors and twelve members on our neighborhood advisory committee   

We offer these areas for volunteer activity either as a Board member or on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee:

Planning & Zoning, Community Gardening


  

link to Garden Archive


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April 3 Update




Planning Commission Chairman Mike Terry resigned April 3rd, from his appointed position (Bob Ott District 2).
Terry had been a planning commissioner for many years, including time in the City of Smyrna. His successor is Andy Smith.
District 3 Planning Commissioner Judy Williams (JoAnn Birrell appointed) will become the new Chairman of the Planning Commission.

Election FAQs  Rules for voting in the May 22 Primary: Choose a Democratic or Republican Ballot not both.  LINK to Cobb Elections
Vote by Mail Rules (Absentee Ballots) - LINK to Cobb Elections page 
http://www.cobbelections.org/VoteByMail.php

If you live in one of Cobb's cities (Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, Acworth, Austell,  Powder Springs) you can vote for the
District Commissioner in Unincorporated Cobb as well as your City Officials.  But residents  of  Unincorporated Cobb can't vote for
City Officials.                                                                                     

There will be a televised debate between the Commission Candidates on TV 23 on May  1. 

Life Storage is rapidly completing the new storage facility  It it is supposed to be "skinned" or finished with stucco, brick and EFIS. The Elevation approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals in June 2016 is below.  A photo of the building from the Canton Connector side is also shown.   



                                     

OB 11 Denied after a hearing, to extend the Special Land Use Permit to sell used vehicles at 2377 Canton (Letsos). The extension would have been for 36 months. The motion allowed the current tenant (truck sales) to remain on the property until 12/31/2018.  When an application is denied, a period of 12 months is needed before any new application could be filed..  The existing SLUP expires on April 21 of this year.  Therefore it would be 04/21/19 before a new application could be filed.  There are many good uses available to the owners as it is zoned CRC.  There is really no need for them to rezone for a restaurant, bank, vet florist, etc.
Link to the video on  Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4lFFhLmazM
it starts 2 hrs 10 minutes and runs to 2  hrs 25 minutes

Casteel has taken an office/warehouse across the street at 2197 Canton.  This may remove the need to build on the adjacent site but they do plan to keep the current site for their operation. This leaves the fate of the 3 vacant acres adjacent, owned by former Casteel CEO John Hillis in question.

I requested that Cobb County visit the vacant lot at 2270 Canton next to the day care center to see whether the owners had received a Land Disturbance Permit.  There has been a good bit of clear cutting onsite and the parcel is currently zoned NS, and would need to rezone to a more current zoning category.  As you know, some individuals act first without the required permission.  No response yet to my inquiry.


The tire store at 2328 Canton has a new court date in May for failing to address violations.  Additional actions needed to clean up this site are pending.. 
      

Z 87 was approved on Consent.The only hitch came with the suggestion to prohibit backup alarms.  Go to Youtube and watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4lFFhLmazM  

The brief segment starts at 10 min and runs to 13 min 56 sec.  No thanks to Mike Boyce.  Backup Alarms are the province of OSHA and not a state or federal law.  They are not required on all vehicles in all situations. Some communication with Cobb County is needed.

A rendering of the proposed front facade of the building at 2120 Canton (Z-87 Petroplex) is shown below.

That's all for now.

Carol Brown

CRN


    






2018 Elections: Qualifying to run for office in Cobb is March 5th - 9th. There are two announced GOP candidates for Commission District 3: JoAnn Birrell and Tom Cheek. Jim Smith, who has been an active member of CRN for 7 years, qualified to run as a Democrat on Monday.  He will step off of the CRN committees while he is a candidate. On Thursday another Democratic Candidate qualified: Homemaker Caroline Holko.  Primaries are May 22 and the General Election is in November.

Link to AJC article:

Cobb financial troubles hang over commission races 


Canton Road Neighbors February update

Just when you thought the southern section of Canton Hwy was going to improve: I learned Thursday the 8th that the Storage Development facility approved on Consent last fall (south of Racetrac), will not happen. The investors backed out. Too bad - it would have been one of the nicest new developments the blighted southern section of Canton Hwy has seen since Heath Linebeck was built ten years ago.

But we do have another (blighted) property about to be approved: Z-87 PetroPlex, the old gas station at 2120 Canton.

HELD UNTIL MARCH 20

Feb 21, 2018 — After Commissioners heard presentations by the applicant for the old gas station at 2120 Canton Hwy. and by CRN, the case was HELD until March 20. The applicant sent in plans to the county the evening before the hearing, which was not sufficient notice. The applicant only plans to paint the canopies to match the brick. That will not be enough to meet Development Standards. The applicant was directed to come up with a reasonable plan to improve the old building.

  LINK to Z87 Hearing Video     Starts 4 hours 13 min to 4 hrs 33 min


JoAnn.Birrell@cobbcounty.org

Mike.Boyce@cobbcounty.org

Bob.Ott@cobbcounty.org

Bob.Weatherford@cobbcounty.org
Lisa.Cupid@cobbcounty.org

There is a proposed Code Amendment to the Neighborhood Retail Commercial district that is very important to support. In 2010 that Neighborhood-friendly zoning district was opened to much more intense uses, such as Contractor, at the request of local property owners. The amendment to NRC will remove the intense uses and return NRC to what it was prior to 2010. The Commission recommended Denying this. The 2nd Public hearing is Tuesday Feb 27th at 7 pm. Email Commissioner Birrell and other Commissioners to support the Code Amendment to NRC at minimum remove Contractor as a Special Exception when adjacent to reside tial neighborhoods.

 Z-32 2015 2487 Canton Contractor as Special Exception in NRC. This use is not really neighborhood retail.  Commissioner Birrell supports leaving this in NRC.
 In 2013 Z-15 was approved for a Contractor(HVAC) in NRC.  A neighborhood is behind.  Many improvements were made to the previously industrial site.  It only took about 3 years for the business to become heavy industrial in nature. What the code says is "Neighborhood retail uses means commonly found low scale and low intensity retail uses (with square footages in accordance with the use limitations established within the individual zoning districts of this chapter) that offer basic services and frequently purchased goods to the immediate surrounding residential areas," "All special exception uses allowed within the NRC district must be contained completely within an enclosed building. No uses are to be conducted outside, except for those allowing outdoor display of merchandise." "Contractor (specialized) without heavy equipment (subject to 35-foot landscaped screening buffer adjacent to all residentially zoned property)." 
Casteel Heating and Cooling also expanded and grew from a family owned HVAC to an intense industrial use adjacent to      a residential neighborhood.  Contractor was previously limited to GC and Heavy Industrial.  There are many industrial parks in Cobb that need tenants. These uses do not belong in NRC next to residential neighborhoods.

Other Code Amendments of interest - The Business Incentive program . The pro-business county crosses a line from time to time, and by adding this incentive, it has gone more than a few steps across that line.

Acceleration of public hearing dates for rezoning requests, special use permits, variance requests, and requests for changes in zoning conditions, pursuant to compliance with state law “

What this does is to create uncertainty for the public, which is accustomed to receiving a letter about zoning cases if they live within 1,000 feet of the application, and to seeing yellow zoning signs posted 30 days before the Planning Commission Hearing. Georgia law on zoning hearing procedures (OCGA 36-66-4) allows for signs to be posted for as few as 15 days prior to the hearing and has no requirements that a letter be sent to residents within 1,000 feet.

This proposed incentive places business at a distinct advantage over residents potentially affected by a zoning. It also makes the zoning process arbitrary and creates a system of advantages for some applicants and not others. It is a bad idea and should be rejected.  The Planning Commission agreed and recommended removing this proposal.

The Planning Commission recommendation on other Code Amendments: They voted to recommend Denying the NRC Code Amendment and the Workforce Housing Ordinance, among other things. The Public has another chance to speak on Feb 27th at 7 pm.

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It is nearly 3 years since the SLUP for used car sales on Canton at Westerly Way was approved and it will appear again on March 20 as OB 11.

There will be a public meeting with Cobb DOT at Gritters Library on Wed March 7 from 2-4 pm. Topics include a transit study, 2016 SPLOST update and area traffic concerns. Commissioner Birrell informed me that there is no money for Sidewalks in the 2016 SPLOST.

2018 Elections: Qualifying to run for office in Cobb is March 5th - 9th. There are two announced candidates for Commission District 3: JoAnn Birrell and Tom Cheek.                                                                       

The winter took its toll on our trees, gardens, right-of-ways and health. Hopefully warmer, sunny weather and a lot of work will repair the damage. There is still no excuse for the volume of trash along the Corridor right-of-ways but CRN made a dent in it recently. 

                                                             

That's all for now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Carol Brown, Canton Road Neighbors, Inc.



Canton Road Neighbors 2017 / Pursuing progress in 2018

There were many unexpected developments this eventful year; the highlights are listed (not ranked) below:

  •  Rib Ranch closes Christmas Eve 2017
  •  Two properties on the short list are removed from Parks Bond consideration
  •  Marietta BZA Denies MUST Ministries Variance for a shelter / MUST goes ahead with new shelter
  •  Walmart Neighborhood Market closes December 4
  •  A new residential developer comes to Canton Road; Staff recommends Denial of all 3 zoning cases.


 A friend called several weeks ago to tell me that the Rib Ranch was closing. I was shocked and he sounded sad and concerned. We did not know at the time that the issue was with the lease on the property and not due to a lack of customers. The Rib Ranch was a landmark like the Big Chicken; it was a community favorite, not only for the good food but for the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. About the only downside was getting in and out of the driveway. A group of concerned citizens met in the side room in April 2005 and decided to incorporate as an organization, Canton Road Neighbors, Inc. In the summer of 2008, several civic organizations met to draft the Canton Road Design Guidelines which were adopted by the BoC in early 2009. CRN held many lunch and dinner meetings at Rib Ranch as well as meetings to discuss zoning cases. The last large meeting we hosted was in December 2015 to discuss Z-95, the new Racetrac on Canton at Shallowford. A smaller group met in August to discuss Z-50, the new self storage facility which is to be built across from Casteel.

The closing of Rib Ranch followed the closing of Walmart Neighborhood Market by only a few weeks. While Walmart was open for 5 years, Rib Ranch had a 35 year run. We don't know what the property owners have in mind for that location, but Rib Ranch will be a hard act to follow and it will be missed.



 


Zoning 2017 11 Rezoning cases (Z-11, Z-21, Z-50/S10, Z-71, Z-87, Z-83 were significant), Variance Marietta V2017-22 was also significant .

Public Meetings: Z 50/SLUP10 and Z-71, Attendance at Gritters to discuss Z-71 was 26. Casework assistance on Z-87 was provided by Jim Smith and an online petition had 129 signers.

CRN requested a stakeholder meeting to learn about Cobb Greenways and Trails Planning. This was held at Covenant Presbyterian.


Ending the year on a positive note!


Atlanta Piano is a welcome addition to Canton Road businesses.  Located next to Bay Breeze. 
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Pursuing progress in 2018

The Canton Jamerson intersection was once one of Canton Corridor's most blighted areas.

Over the past ten years it has been revitalized thanks to the Redevelopment Inventory, CRRFI, rezoning, new restaurants, implementation of SPLOST projects and use of Canton Design Guidelines for new development.  Could this approach be the key to improving the southern section of Canton Corridor near the merge? 

 
  

Canton Jamerson intersection 2017
In 2007 Z-57 was approved and would become the site of Vespucci's and later, Roy's Donuts. Discussions were taking place about some type of design guidelines for the Corridor at the time Z-57 was approved.

MINUTES OF ZONING HEARING 
COBB COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION 
JUNE 5, 2007 PAGE 12
Z57 MOHAMMAD NOWROOZZADEH ( Canton Jamerson, LLC, owner) requesting Rezoning from NS and GC to NRC for the purpose of Retail in Land Lot 60 of the 16th District. Located on the west side of Canton Road, south of Jamerson Road.
The public hearing was opened and Mr. Mohammad Nowroozzadeh and Ms. Carol Brown addressed the Commission. Following presentations and discussion, the following motion was made:
MOTION: Motion by Trombetti, second by Williams, to recommend approval of Rezoning to the NRC zoning district subject to:
  • site plan received by the Zoning Division April 3, 2007, with the District Commissioner approving minor modifications ( on file in the Zoning Division) 
  • architecture to consist of a combination of brick and stucco 
  • enclosures for dumpsters to be constructed of same materials as the building 
  • HVAC to be screened from view 
  • awnings to be placed on storefront windows and doors 
  • if a tenant is a restaurant, then an area for outdoor seating and patio would be set aside and subject to Plan Review approval 
  • ground based monument style signage ( no aerial or portable signs or billboards allowed) 
  • the following uses are prohibited: convenience food store with self service fuel sales; full service gas stations; automotive repair; radio, television and other communication towers and antennas; self-service laundry facilities; pawn and title pawn shops; pool halls, billiards and tattoo shops 
  • Fire Department comments and recommendations, Water and Sewer Division comments and recommendations, Stormwater Management Division comments and recommendations, Cobb DOT comments and recommendations, owner/developer to enter into a Development Agreement pursuant to O.C.G.A. ~36-71- 13 for dedication of system improvements to mitigate traffic concerns 
  • inclusion on Consent Agenda for the Board of Commissioners zoning hearing of June 19, 2007
VOTE: ADOPTED unanimously

MINUTES OF ZONING HEARING 
COBB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 
JUNE 19, 2007 PAGE 4
MOTION: Motion by Lee, second by Goreham, as part of the Consent Agenda, to approve Rezoning to the NRC zoning district subject to:
  • site plan received by the Zoning Division April 3, 2007, with the District Commissioner approving minor modifications ( attached and made a part of these minutes) 
  • hours of operation limited - all businesses to close by midnight 
  • architecture to consist of a combination of brick and stucco 
  • enclosures for dumpsters to be constructed of same materials as the building 
  • HVAC to be screened from view 
  • awnings to be placed on storefront windows and doors 
  • if a tenant is a restaurant, then an area for outdoor seating and patio would be set aside (subject to Plan Review approval) 
  • ground based monument style signage ( no aerial or portable signs or billboards allowed) the following uses are prohibited: convenience food store with self service fuel sales; full service gas stations; automotive repair; radio, television and other communication towers and antennas; self-service laundry facilities; pawn and title pawn shops; pool halls, billiards and tattoo shops 
  • Fire Department comments and recommendations, Water and Sewer Division comments and recommendations, Stormwater Management Division comments and recommendations,
  • Cobb DOT comments and recommendations owner/developer to enter into a Development Agreement pursuant to O.C.G.A. ~36-71- 13 for dedication of system improvements to mitigate traffic concerns
VOTE: ADOPTED unanimously


       
 
The blighted structure below was on the Redevelopment Inventory site. It was demolished and in 2013 Waffle House applied with case Z-53.  
MINUTES OF ZONING HEARING 
COBB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
PAGE 5
CONSENT CASES CONT.

Z-53 WAFFLE HOUSE, INC. ( David B. Mizelle and Dana Mizelle, owners requesting Rezoning from NS to NRC for the purpose of a restaurant in Land Lot 85 of the 16' District. Located on the west side of Canton Road, south of ]amerson Road and north of Old Noonday School House Road 4797 Canton Road). 
To approve Rezoning to the NRC zoning district 
subject to: 
NRC tor purpose of redevelopment for Waffle House restaurant 
Planning Division comments and recommendations
Fire Department comments and recommendations 
StormwaterManagement Division comments and recommendations 
Water and Sewer Division comments and recommendations
Cobb DOT comments and recommendations Owner/developer to enter into a Development Agreement
pursuant to O.C.G.A. §36- 71- 13 for dedication of system improvements to mitigate traffic concerns

The Waffle House can be seen on the left in the 2017 photo below.

Below: Canton Road Redevelopment Foundation 2012: Stakeholders meeting Clockwise: Commissioner Birrell (Government), Planning Commissioner Trombetti (Government), Frank Wigington (Business) Maureen Kozol (Education), Carol Brown (CRN Community Representative), Chuck Martin (Business).
Photo by Patch 2012
The infrastructure projects at the Canton-Jamerson intersection and on Jamerson Road to Lee Waters were funded by the 2005 SPLOST. The photo below, looking north at the intersection from Canton Road, is before the SPLOST project was implemented in 2012.  
 Note the sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, median at turn lane and upgraded traffic signals.
 











This is a brief visual overview of the improvements at the northern end of the 5-mile Canton Corridor.

There are some takeaways from this area: If there is to be redevelopment of a fairly large area, it will take time. At this point, 12 years and counting. Planning needs to be in place and commitment by decision makers to adhere to it in a consistent way. It helps to have buy-in from a diverse group of stakeholders, in this case by the local business association and area residents. Elected officials may at times risk political capital by making motions on rezoning cases that either business owners or homeowners do not like, but these photos are among many to follow, showing that following corridor plans and guidelines pays off over the long run.    

An area can also be shaped when an application is rejected.  In 2011 the progress on the northern section of Canton Corridor was threatened by the application Special Land Use Permit 3, Snapfinger Properties LLC for a scrap metal processing plant.  The applicant proceeded with his plan prior to the mandated review by the ARC as a Development of Regional Impact, which was required before the case was heard by the County.

This application was opposed by a coalition which included Canton Road Neighbors, East Cobb Baseball, East Cobb Civic Association, Northeast Cobb Coalition and parents of Kell High School students. The ARC recommended approval for this intense use, but the Planning Commission recommended Denial and the BoC rejected the application. The applicant took the case to court, withdrew the appeal, and the property was sold. The current occupants are Bulk's and Property Masters. Those businesses are a much better fit next to East Cobb Baseball and near Kell High School. Now, a new residential neighborhood is under construction across from Property Masters and East Cobb Baseball on Lee Waters Road. Logan Park was        approved in April 2017. It would never have been built across from a metal scrap yard.
                                                                                                                                          SLUP-3 SNAPFINGER PROPERTIES, LLC ( owner) requesting a Special Land Use Permit for the purpose of Operation Of Steel, Metal, And Iron Processing And Transfer Station in Land Lots 131 and 132 of the 16th District. Located on the west side of Lee Waters Road, south of Jamerson Road; and at the northeast intersection of Canton Road and Fowler Circle. Chairman Lee announced that Commissioner Birrell would recuse herself on this petition. 
The public hearing then was opened and Mr. Parks Huff, Ms. Carol Brown, Ms. Jill Flamm, Mr. Jim Smith and Mr. David Allen Roberts addressed the Board. Following presentation and discussion, the following motion was made: 
MOTION: Motion by Lee, second by Otl, to reiect Special Land Use Permit, with directive that Code Enforcement action be delayed for 120 days, and that Planning Division staff review area for possible amendment(s) to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Map. VOTE: ADOPTED 4-0- 1 ( Birrell abstained)    

 Not all rezoning applications are significant, in that they do not redevelop old vacant property, or build new facilities.  However, cumulatively, the smaller applications tend to have the effect of creating a cleaner look for the area with fresh paint and installation of sidewalks. Many of these rezonings took place on the northern end of Canton Hwy, north of Jamerson, and  from Piedmont south towards the Merge. One of the largest and eventually, most attractive developments in the northern section was Z-47, Sigma Thermal on Deen Road off of Jamerson and Canton Hwy.                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                          

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Briefly . . .

The long delayed new driveway at Racetrac 2337 Canton has been delayed another 8 weeks.  This time Cobb DOT is slowing it up.  Maybe someday a new driveway will be under construction. 

A Huge new Racetrac is under construction at Church St Extension near Wellstar - NOW we know what is causing the delay on the Liberty Hill Driveway!       

Z-71 Hilltop Drive has been withdrawn without prejudice.

Z-87 PetroPlex  2120 Canton Hwy was recommended for Deletion to Low Rise Office with other stipulations.  Applicant to ask for Continuance until February 2018.

Z-83 Loyd Development Services, Hawkins Store Rd: HELD until February Planning Commission Meeting.

ZONING UPDATE Z-87 PETROPLEX  2120 CANTON HWY 


CASE TO BE CONTINUED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2018

Dec 15, 2017 — The Planning Commission recommended Deletion (changing) the Zoning request from NRC to Low Rise Office for professional office use only. The motion follows:

MOTION: Motion by Williams, second by Gunther, to recommend deletion of Z-87 to the LRO zoning category, subject to:
1. Professional office use only
2. LRO use to be approved by the District Commissioner
3. Building be brought into compliance with the Canton Road Design Guidelines
4. District Commissioner to approve architectural style of the building and any minor modifications
5. Pole signage to be removed and replaced with ground based monument sign
6. Installation of sidewalk
7. Removal of the southernmost entrance on Canton Road
8. Adherence to the 70% impervious surface
9. No overnight parking of commercial vehicles
10. Staff comments and recommendations, not otherwise in conflict VOTE: ADOPTED 5-0

The applicant called Commissioner Birrell to discuss this and see if it would be possible to get the NRC. Since the applicant does not have a tenant, a site plan, building elevations or a letter of agreeable stipulations, he is not ready and the case will be continued until the February BoC Zoning meeting.

We think the Planning Commission recommendation was appropriate at the time and we will keep you posted on developments.


Canton Road Neighbors Fall Update 2017

Ever wonder about what happened to those good developments that were supposed to take place because of a rezoning case, or what's coming online in the next few months?

That is the focus of this update.

A number of changes are taking place on Canton Hwy:

The WalMart Neighborhood Market at the corner of Canton and Blackwell Road will be closing on December 4th. No word yet on a possible new occupant.

Casteel Heating and Cooling, a locally based company, was acquired by Horizon Services, based in Delaware. Casteel will continue operations using the Casteel name. 


The 2nd phase of the Racetrac development at 2337 Canton Hwy is about to get underway. Racetrac's expansion was approved in April 2016 and the store closed for remodeling. It reopened in Jan. 2017, but plans to relocate the main driveway to align with the traffic signal at Liberty Hill were put on hold.



Also planned is the creation of a private drive from Westerly Way to the new driveway. This will allow drivers to have access to the signal on Canton at Liberty Hill. A land disturbance permit was just given to Racetrac, so construction should begin soon.

The Racetrac at 4400 Canton (at Shallowford) opened recently and it features the new, expanded store design. It was approved as Z-95(2015) in February 2016.


Life Storage at 1987 Canton Road (formerly Uncle Bob's) was approved to build a new 3 story self storage building on the existing site in June 2016 (V-70). Construction is in progress. Expect to see a more modern and attractive design for the new building, including landscaping on the Canton Connector side.


Z-50 and SLUP 10, approved in September for Storage Development Group, will be built on a 3.39 acre tract in front of the 2197 Canton Distribution Center, south of Racetrac. Plans call for 4-sided brick architecture, 35' high, no outdoor storage or parking of heavy vehicles, street landscaping and sidewalks. Construction should begin early next year and wrap up by September 2018. 



Grace Living, an attractive new assisted living facility at 2417 Canton Hwy opened for business this summer.



Just up the road, the former Jennings Music is under new ownership and features new sidewalks.


To the north on Canton near Hawkins Store Rd, Fontis Water, rezoned as Z-95 in December 2016 has a new warehouse under construction.

Remember the “Turkey Barn” on Hawkins Store Road which had multiple rezoning and Other Business applications? It took nearly 7 years for the exterior to be completed and then sat empty for a long time in search of a new tenant to finish the interior. Finally in 2017, Titan Sports Academy purchased the property, completed the interior and is open for business. We wish them well! 

      

Not all of the prospects along Canton Hwy's commercial area are encouraging. Early this year the old tanks at the vacant service station at 2120 Canton Hwy were removed and the site was purchased by Petroplex Joint Ventures LLC. Because the station had been vacant since 2002, (built in 1979-80) it needs to be rezoned from General Commercial to Neighborhood Retail Commercial (or LRC or LRO). The application will be heard in December for a “Kitchen and Cabinet Showroom”, however the “existing (building) will remain”.


While the market for new homes is thriving in other parts of Cobb County, neighborhoods in the Canton Road area have not been competitive – until this year. In March 2017 Developer John Loyd applied to build new homes on Lee Waters Road, across from East Cobb Baseball, and just up from Kell High School. Approved in April with a modified site plan, Mr. Loyd is not wasting any time and construction is already underway. A half acre lot will be added to the existing tract if approved this month. For families looking for a reasonably priced new home, close to good schools and recreation, this location is ideal.


As more upscale developers turn to Commission District 2 to build homes starting at $800,000. and up, Loyd Development likes the Canton Road area and sees opportunity for infill in the older existing neighborhoods. Z-71, Hilltop Drive in the Addison Heights neighborhood and Z-83 on Hawkins Store are pending, both to be heard in December. For long time residents who are wary of commercial encroachment or noisy industrial uses, these medium density, reasonably priced subdivisions are an option long overdue.


There were two rezoning applications approved for First Center (David Pearson) on a large tract at the corner of Shallowford and Jamerson in 2015 and upgraded again in October 2016. Mr. Pearson is apparently taking his time and construction has not yet begun.


We are still going to keep an eye on Spring 2018 when Planning for the 2016 SPLOST Canton Corridor projects gets underway. This time, Canton Hwy needs to get its fair share of sidewalk construction. After all, the 3rd SPLOST should be a charm. Also pending are SPLOST funded renovations to Gritters Library.

We are not pleased to learn that Cobb County is using the Public Library system as a political football in an attempt to cover a budget shortfall. There is something callous about balancing the budget on the backs of average citizens and their kids while throwing money at large corporations.

Overall though, progress continues on and near the Canton Road Corridor. By working together we can keep the momentum going and ensure that our community continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

Carol Brown

Chairperson, Canton Road Neighbors, Inc.













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