KSU & Kennesaw City Council are Passing the Buck on their Neighbors!

KSU & Kennesaw City Council are Passing the Buck on their Neighbors!

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Kennesaw Neighbors of KSU started this petition to Kennesaw City Council and

We need to stop the out of control growth of High Density Housing in areas that it will harm existing residents safety, quality of life and home values.

PETITION TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF KENNESAW

            For the following reasons, the undersigned residents ask that you vote “NO” on the proposed “Purpose Built Student Housing” zoning ordinance, and the related rezoning application by Fountain Residential Partners for 1465 Shiloh Road.

1.      Under the current Covid-19 circumstances, which may extend for an indefinite time, a proposal to create a special zoning classification for a student housing development on the perimeter of an established single-family subdivision such as Pinetree Country Club is simply a bad idea.

2        As shown by Kennesaw’s own police department records, Kennesaw’s two existing student housing projects, U Club and West 22, are extraordinary drains on the city’s resources, each having accounted for an average of over 200 police calls every year for the last 3 years, for noise complaints, drunkenness, assaults, illegal drugs, thefts, robberies, burglaries, discharging firearms, rapes, and suicide attempts, and other incidents.

The wisdom of creating an additional venue for such irresponsible behavior, in these precarious times, and at the entrance to a stable single-family subdivision, is questionable.

3.      Kennesaw’s proposed “purpose built student housing” (“PBSH”) ordinance fails to include even the most basic community protections found in Cobb County’s PBSH ordinance, which Kennesaw’s was purportedly modeled after:

(a)   Kennesaw’s proposed ordinance does not merely create a new permitted use, it creates an entirely new zoning district.

(b)  Worse yet, under Kennesaw’s proposed ordinance, no special land use permit is required, unlike Cobb County’s PBSH ordinance.

(c)   Under Cobb County’s PBSH ordinance, a PBSH project can only be located in a regional activity center in a Regional Activity Center such as the Cumberland/Galleria or Town Center Mall areas.

(d)  Under Kennesaw’s proposed ordinance, a PBSH project can spring up in any of several land use categories, and answers to such questions as:

“whether or not there will be a significant adverse effect on the neighborhood”;

“whether or not the use is compatible with the neighborhood”;

“whether or not the quiet enjoyment of the surrounding property will be adversely affected”; and

“whether or not the property values of surrounding property will be adversely affected”

      are not required as they are under Cobb County’s Special Land Use Permit procedure.

4.      Density under Kennesaw’s proposed ordinance is also figured differently than it is in Cobb County. Under Kennesaw’s density calculations, the project proposed for 1465 Shiloh Road would be the equivalent of 27 dwelling units per acre if calculated the same way density is calculated under Cobb County’s ordinance.

5.      Kennesaw and its neighbors have absorbed enough of KSU’s housing issues and collateral damage to its communities. This proposed new zoning category and its related rezoning application for 1465 Shiloh Road are a terrible idea and should be voted down entirely.

 

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