Canton Road Neighbors, Inc

865 supporters

    Started 3 petitions

    Petitioning Cobb County Planning Commission

    Z-87 Petroplex 2120 Canton Hwy: Please require 2120 to meet Cobb Development Standards

    Z-87 to be on Consent Agenda March 20! Good news - this means after months of negotiation the owner, Petroplex, and the community, represented by Canton Road Neighbors, have  come to an amicable agreement about the uses and improvements to the old gas station at 2120 Canton Hwy.  A link to the Consent Agenda video will be posted. A rendering of the proposed front facade of the building is posted above,     Z-87 HELD until March 20 LINK TO Z 87 HEARING VIDEO VIDEO STARTS 4 HRS 13 MIN  RUNS TO  4 HRS 33 MIN 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. -------------------------------------------------------- FEB 12, 2018 — This case will finally be heard by the Commissioners on Tuesday February 20th at 9 am. As of this post, Commissioner Birrell still does not have a letter of stipulations from the applicant, nor a rendering of what the remodeled building would look like.The applicant has had plenty of time to produce these documents.We support the Motion made by the Planning Commission to Delete to LRO, but feel Staff and Commissioners should hold this case until the applicant produces a plan and stipulation letter. ----------------------------------------------------------MOTION: Motion by Williams, second by Gunther, to recommend deletion of Z-87 to the LRO zoning category, subject to:1. Professional office use only2. LRO use to be approved by the District Commissioner3. Building be brought into compliance with the Canton Road Design Guidelines4. District Commissioner to approve architectural style of the building and any minor modifications5. Pole signage to be removed and replaced with ground based monument sign6. Installation of sidewalk7. Removal of the southernmost entrance on Canton Road8. Adherence to the 70% impervious surface9. No overnight parking of commercial vehicles10. Staff comments and recommendations, not otherwise in conflict VOTE: ADOPTED 5-0-----------------------------------------------Please tell Commissioner Birrell this property is an eyesore and it is up to her and the other Commissioners to require it to comply with Development Standards and Design Guidelines.JoAnn.Birrell@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3318                     UPDATE  Case Continued until February BoC Zoning meeting 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 only2. LRO use to be approved by the District Commissioner3. Building be brought into compliance with the Canton Road Design Guidelines4. District Commissioner to approve architectural style of the building and any minor modifications5. Pole signage to be removed and replaced with ground based monument sign6. Installation of sidewalk7. Removal of the southernmost entrance on Canton Road8. Adherence to the 70% impervious surface9. No overnight parking of commercial vehicles10. 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. Update Nov 28, 2017 — The Planning Commission will hear Z-87 on Tuesday December 5 at 9 am at the Commission meeting room at 100 Cherokee St, on the Square. Staff recommends approval subject to:Cobb DOT has recommended installation of sidewalk, curb and gutter and closing the southern entrance.Cobb Water has checked use of existing septic but the Department of Health will have to approve it. Sewer is available.The property will have to comply with Development Standards and Canton Design Guidelines will apply.The site will be used as a kitchen cabinet showroom, and not for use by a contractor with service vans or trucks, according to the applicant.The footprint of the building will expand to the area of the canopies @2,340 sq ft and a portion of the existing building will remain.The site will have to comply with all staff comments and recommendations including the Dept of Health, and approval by District Commissioner of landscaping and architecture.CRN has asked for several additional considerations such as removal of existing signage and replacement with ground based monument sign; removal of canopies, restricting left turn /southbound onto Canton Hwy; several uses permitted in the NRC code to be prohibited, namely contractor as a special exception, massage parlor, pawn or title pawn, parking for vehicles other than customers and employees. There are financial incentives and tax abatement available to the property owner. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We, the residents of neighborhoods on Canton Hwy near this property are opposed to the Z-87 zoning petition as presented. This site needs to be redeveloped to comply with current development standards and guidelines. The small gas station was built in 1980. The gas tanks leaked in 1998. The site has been vacant since 2002. It has been vandalized and tagged with graffiti. Cobb Public Health can not find a record of a functioning septic system and sewer is available in the area.    This property should not be rezoned and given a certificate of occupancy with only minor, cosmetic repairs. Please continue the revitalization of Canton Hwy by recommending stipulations needed to bring the site into compliance with current code, development standards and guidelines..    If you live, work or own property in the 30066 zip near Canton Hwy, we welcome your signature.  While we appreciate others who have signed, this petition is to show our local decision makers there is local concern about this rezoning application.

    Canton Road Neighbors, Inc
    130 supporters
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    Petitioning Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, Chairman Tim Lee, Commissioner Lisa Cupid

    Please deny Z-20, Application to rezone 29.94 acres on Bells Ferry and Chastain Meadows Pkwy for use as Office and Warehouse Distribution

    These photographs show flooding downstream of the Chastain Regional Dam.  Two were taken on April 19th and one was taken on January 4th.   Vote to approve Z-20 passes 3-2, Chairman Tim Lee breaks the tie vote. Link to MDJ article Link to TV 23 Video on Demand, select Z-20 Tuesday May 19, 2015 The pending case Z-20 was decided today with an affirmative vote by Chairman Tim Lee as expected. His vote to approve was preceded by remarks expressing confidence in the regional stormwater facility, the dam at Chastain Meadows Pkwy, and by the need to change the land use to accommodate the new development. The Community submitted 1,000 signatures in opposition.  www.bellsferrycivic.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Link to TV 23 Video on Demand and watch Z-20 hearing - http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?&PGD=cobbcoga&eID=467. Tuesday's vote 2 support 2 oppose, case held for tie breaking vote by Chairman Tim Lee - Tuesday May 19th Board of Commissioners Zoning meeting.  Voting for, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, Commissioner Bob Weatherford. Voting against, Commissioner Lisa Cupid, Commissioner Bob Ott. LInk to MDJ article http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/26592615/article-Cobb-Board-of-Commissioners-zoning-discussion-ends-in-tie-vote-on-distribution-center?instance=home_top_bullets   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Link to the April 7 Planning Meeting and then select Z-20 http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?&PGD=cobbcoga&eID=463 One of the most interesting parts of this apparently decided-in-advance rezoning case was the presentation given by a scientist who lives near the property being rezoned.  As you watch the presentation, note the points made, backed up by data, about flooding of the Noonday Creek.  Also look for the response by Cobb Stormwater engineer David Breaden who acknowledges that the Chastain Regional dam has limited ability to mitigate flooding "because the federal government" had requirements for the type of dam that could be built. This seems to beg the question of why high density with high impervious surface continues to be approved when it is known that the dam has limited capacity to mitigate flooding.  This point has been made often. One of the few benefits to the community to come from this application seems to be the dedication of 2.6 acres of floodplain for a passive park which will be available to the public. It will be adjacent to the Noonday Creek trail head. It will be maintained by the developer. The new tenant is said to be a Fortune 500 company, which as Attorney John Moore explained, accounts for the inflexibility in reducing the size of the warehouse.. Link to the MDJ article about the Z-20 hearing. http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/26565177/article-Cobb-Planning-Commission-OKs-distribution-center-over-objections?instance=special%20_coverage_right_column ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the record: stated in the March 31 MDJ article: http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/26549865/article-North-Cobb-residents-fight-developer-s-proposal--BK-Properties-requests-rezoning-30-acres-in-Town-Center-area-to-build-two-warehouses?instance=home_top_bullets The applicant, BK Properties LP is a Georgia company owned by the Keappler family who also owns Quintus Corporation.  Kelly Keappler is on the board of the Town Center CID and also is involved in the Z-20 rezoning. The Keapplers and Quintus owned much of the land along Chastain Meadows Pkwy and the office warehouses were built by Taylor Mathis. Mr. Keappler is listed on Chairman Lee's endorsement website. The plan originally submitted in December 2014 listed building 700 as office space and building 600 as office/warehouse/distribution.  Building 700 is now listed as office warehouse as well. We have been told that leaving the property as OI isn't feasible since there is a build to suit tenant who needs the warehouse space.  ------------------------------------ An office warehouse distribution center with 18 wheel truck traffic does not belong in Medium Density Residential Land Use and does not belong next to neighborhoods. There will be a 130' paved loading area for box vans and tractor trailers within 25' of residents' backyards.  What is wrong with that picture? Answer: OS does not belong next to residentially zoned property. Bells Ferry Road is primarily residential and the tract is adjacent to a neighborhood on the north, south and to the east across Bells Ferry. A 242 unit apartment complex was approved last November and will be across the street on Chastain Meadows Pkwy.  So there will be residential property on all sides of this proposed office/warehouse rezoning. To view how this area has been developed over the years, go to Google Community to view a time lapse image from 1993-2014. It is a KMZ file and you will need Google Earth to view it. https://productforums.google.com/forum/?utm_source=gecshare#!topic/gec-historical-imagery/wffd1LqKKgA This site is environmentally sensitive and includes a stream and floodplain.  The flood plain already encroaches into several adjoining residential lots that have had flooding in the past. The site is 45% floodplain and does contain some wetlands.  The tributary flows into Noonday Creek.  Cobb County has a 50' stream buffer and a further 25' impervious setback from that.  But this application is being allowed to use a very old minimum 25' stream buffer.  Why?  

    Canton Road Neighbors, Inc
    676 supporters
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    Petitioning Commissioner JoAnn Birrell and Cobb County Board of Commissioners

    Please deny Z-50, Georgia Kids Project LLC (for indoor and outdoor recreation, concerts and restaurant wth bar)

     Located in Marietta on Canton Hwy on 6.5 acres south of Racetrac. The updated plan calls for:  Phases 1-5  Phase 1 “Olympic sized” bicycle velodrome which will be about the size of a Publix a 2,500 sq ft Spin Center in the middle of the velodrome, a 45,000 sq ft athletic field with seating for 5,000 for concert events, a 50' high 3 story restaurant with concessions at ground floor, a restaurant with bar 2nd level and a “faith based Spirit Center” on the 3rd level. a 50' high two story athletic center with a rooftop entertainment venue. There is a walking and biking track around the perimeter, two 200 sq ft restrooms and 127 parking spaces. The updated site plan requires 1,800 parking spaces and has now added a parking deck at the southern end of the property Phase 2:  Canton at Westerly Way: International Pub, more parking, a lawn, miniature golf and a dog park. Phase 3 is a Transportation Center on the east side of Canton running south from Liberty Hill to just below the daycare center. Phase 4 is a Hotel with 112 rooms, location unknown Phase 5 calls for Student and Apartment housing with 500 beds and Senior Living with 100 beds, location unknown.   This application is too intense to be located on a 6.5 acre tract next to a senior residential community.  It will have a negative impact on all surrounding neighborhoods in terms of noise, light pollution, traffic and stormwater runoff.. It belongs in a Regional Activity Center, like Town Center and near Kennesaw State University.  It needs to be on at least 20 or more acres.  There is not adequate parking for a 5,000 seat outdoor concert venue.  While it is called Georgia Kids Project, there are plans to obtain a liquor license for their restaurant.  This rezoning application is not appropriate for the area and the local community will experience a negative impact on their right to quiet enjoyment of their property. Visit our website www.cantonroadneighbors.org for more informtion.  

    Canton Road Neighbors, Inc
    59 supporters