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June 2017

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The Community Development Agency

Mission Statement

  • Implements federal, state, and county environmental mandates
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners and general public on development and planning issues as they affect the environment, financial, economic, legal, and social welfare of Cobb County
  • Responsible for maintaining and increasing the quality-of-life in the County as deemed necessary by the Board of Commissioners and county residents

As the development coordinating agency for Cobb County,
Community Development fulfills its role by providing and when necessary, enhancing the programs administered by its seven (7) divisions: Administration, Business License, Code Enforcement, Development and Inspections, Erosion Control, Planning, and Zoning.

This Newsletter is intended to keep the people of Cobb County aware of the happenings around the Community Development Agency and how it impacts you: as a citizen, business owner, and/or investor in Cobb. This is a monthly newsletter; every quarter a special is released, presenting an extensive overview of the business within the Community Development Agency. 

Agency Updates

In effort to modernize our processes and streamline content, our website has been remodeled and content has been restored. Many Community Development forms will be available for online submission soon. Forms that require notaries must still be submitted in-person.

Permit Forms through ACA

Online Sign and Commercial Building Permitting (tenant finish, vacant finish, move-in, and remodel permits only) are now available through our Acella Citizen’s Access (ACA) online platform. You must register before applying for a sign or building permit.

Social Media

Follow Cobb County Government on FaceBook and catch our #codetiptuesday. Every Tuesday we share commonly violated county ordinances to keep the community well informed. #growcobbco

Cobb County Distillery & Brewery Tour

In conjunction with Cobb Travel and Tourism, Cobb County Information Services has developed an interactive driving tour map for local breweries located in Cobb County. Nine (9) breweries are featured, with three routes listed: Northern Tour, Southern Tour, and All sites. Brewery Hours, Website, and Contact information are available for each location. Please Drink Responsibly.  View the Tour.

Giving Back

Community Development Agency is hosting a "Blue Jean Friday" every other Friday for employees. Employees who choose to wear jeans on non-payday Fridays must donate $1 toward this quarter's charity, The Wounded Warrior Project. If you're interested in donating, drop your donation in a can placed in the Community Development lobby.

Employee Spotlight

Beginning in October, Community Development will be awarding an exceptional employee through our new "Employee Spotlight" in our Newsletter's Quarterly Special.This employee must demonstrate unprecedented customer service, teamwork and leadership within our employee community. 

Nominations are welcomed from both co-workers, clients and Cobb County residents. View the Nomination Form.

2017 BOAG Inspector of the Year Award Winner

Extending congratulations to Kelly Duncan, Nuisance-Abatement and Housing Complaint Coordinator for winning the Building Official Association of Georgia’s (BOAG) 2017 Inspector of the Year. Members of the Northwest Georgia Inspectors Association recognized Kelly’s rich, certified background and passed their nomination up to the main Georgia chapter, BOAG. This is the highest award given to any field inspector in Georgia. [...]

Kelly joined the Cobb County Community Development Agency team as a Nuisance-Abatement and Housing Complaint Coordinator in March of 2017. “I’ve been following the work of Kelly Duncan during his employment with smaller cities; I learned of his skills, abilities, and work-ethic. Kelly is the ideal combination inspector and sets a standard of continued improvement, through education and training, for his fellow inspectors here at Community Development. He is a self-starter and extremely code-conscience. He’s a delight to have on my team, and I know great things are to come from his work at Cobb County.” – Lee McClead, Deputy Director / Chief Building Official

When asked, “what advice do you have for your younger constituents and coworkers looking to move forward in the workplace?” Kelly humbly states,” Never stop learning. Get as many certifications as you can, when you can – you never know where that knowledge may take you.”  Read More...


Retirement Announcements

Jim - Left, JT - Right
The Community Development Agency would like to announce the retirement of JT Jones and Jeff Prather from the Erosion Division. We are sad to see these two excellent employees go, but are exponentially proud for what they’ve accomplished. “JT and Jeff have been model employees, setting a high standard for all Cobb County Inspectors.  The both will be greatly missed by Cobb County Government; it has truly been a joy to supervise them.” – Frank Gipson, Erosion Control Division Manager



The Cobb County 2040 Comprehensive Plan: Vision for a New Era

With progress comes change. As Cobb County grows it becomes increasingly important to promote positive community characteristics and the area's ambiance. Comprehensive plans serve as road maps for the future of communities. The Cobb County 2040 Comprehensive Plan: Vision for a New Era is an update to the existing 2030 Comprehensive plan. It cultivates guidance to the community and maintains protection of vital resources while steering growth into appropriate areas.

The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range, community designed growth strategy that promotes Cobb County as an attractive place to invest, conduct business, and raise a family. The current plan was adopted in 2007 and includes subsequent annual amendments, covering the time period between 2007 and 2030. The update will extend the current plan's growth outlook to the year 2040. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan will help Cobb County manage projected population and employment growth and coordinate land use policy, major public investments in Public Safety, Transportation, Community Facilities, and other important elements that make Cobb a great place to live, work and play. Learn more ...


Design Guidelines

Design guidelines enhance aspects of the physical environment and provide a strategy that raises the standards for how public and private developments contribute to the holistic appearance of the built and natural environment and the overall quality of life of an area. They assist County staff and other professionals such as architects, engineers, planners, developers, and community members in making more informed design decisions for either private developments or public facility investments.

Cobb County has existing design guidelines established along the Atlanta Road, Canton Road, Dallas Highway and Macland Road corridors. Currently, the Planning Division of Cobb County Community Development is in the process of creating design guidelines for Vinings Village.  Additionally, staff is in the process of completing design guidelines along Mableton Parkway and Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton and have plans to develop guidelines along Austell Road. To view the presentations held from meetings and workshops, visit the Community Development Home Page.
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Annexation Updates


Historic Preservation

There have been two sites nominated and accepted by the Historic Preservation Commission and Board of Commissioners to be inducted into the Cobb County Register of Historic Places. Learn more ...


Interested in Nominating your historic home or property to be listed on the Cobb County Register of Historic Places? Once inducted into the register, you gain exclusive historical resource protection. Incentives and programs may be available once added to the register. For more information, contact Mandy Elliott, Historic Preservation Planner, at 770-528-2010.

South Cobb Redevelopment Authority

The purpose of the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority (SCRA) is to foster activity that promotes revitalization and redevelopment in areas that have experienced under-investment. The goal of the SCRA is to promote and create favorable locations for trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities in southern Cobb County. Currently, there are several initiatives focused on spurring redevelopment that are underway in South Cobb. Read more ...

Geographic Information Systems

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool that is used to store, analyze, and display data relative to people and spatial locations. In Community Development, GIS data is used to aid in making informed land use-related decisions based on trends and patterns. The GIS Section, which is housed within the Planning Division of the Agency, is responsible for maintaining and mapping various data sets, including Zoning, Future Land Use, Addressing, and the Municipal Boundaries of the six cities located within the County. Many steps of the development and redevelopment review process are streamlined between different departments through the use of GIS. Learn more ...

Zoning Division

Community Development has created a universal "HOW-TO" for all things zoning. Educate yourself by watching "Zoning 101." Visit and select "zoning." Click on the image icon. YouTube access must be allowed. 


2017 zoning cycle and variance schedule calendars are available through our website. Visit and select "zoning." 

Business License Division

Development & Inspections Division

Our staff is hard-at-work supplying our citizens with single-family residential, multifamily, and commercial permits. Since January, we have issued over 1,000 permits in total, accumulating over $220 million in valuation.

Our inspectors have made over 30,000 inspections since January. The most common inspection is the electrical, with over 6,000 inspections. 

Site Plan Review

Staff has been diligently working to streamline the Plan Review Process, encouraging developers and contractors to submit plans online to be reviewed by each department of Cobb County. The Accella Citizens Access (ACA) portal is now open to developers seeking a small-scale Land Disturbance Permit. Large-scale projects are still encouraged to utilize our in-person One-Stop Plan Review system in order to receive feedback and approval. Learn more ...

Soil & Erosion Control

The Erosion and Sediment Control Division improves and protects Cobb County's urban soil and water resources by reducing the amount of erosion from urban development sites. This division is responsible for the enforcement of state law and the county ordinance for erosion & sediment control to preserve the natural resources in Cobb County.

In February 2017 the Erosion Control Division manager, Frank Gipson, assisted in coordination of the 2nd Annual Georgia Urban AgriScience and Outdoor Recreation Expo. This event was held at Cobb County’s Jim Miller Park. Our inspectors were recertified through hands-on training and active presentations.

Code Enforcement

Like and Follow Cobb County Government's Facebook page to be informed regarding official county ordinances that may catch you by surprise. Every Tuesday Community Development shares a post, signed with #codetiptuesday and #growcobbco. These posts are meant to educate our followers about commonly violated codes reported by citizens.

Donation Drop Box Ordinance

All Donation Drop Boxes located in unincorporated Cobb County must abide by the Official County ordinances. Failure to properly register or maintain a donation drop box may be in violation of the Official Code of Cobb County and may be subject to enforcement and fines pursuant to section 134-287 (5).

Words from the DirectorDana Johnson

Thank you for reading the premier edition of the Community Development monthly newsletter; this presents an exciting opportunity to consistently engage with the community and educate residents, businesses, and visitors about our role with the county.

As the development coordinating agency, Community Development has a strong role in the economic progress of Cobb County. We take this responsibility very seriously by embracing our passion to oversee quality growth, advance economic opportunities to all citizens, and promote job creation. We work with developers and neighborhoods to ensuring that new development fit into the fabric of the community. We assist with the environmental stewardship of our land and waters to ensure a quality natural environment. Our seven (7) divisions are committed to assisting the private sector builds quality buildings; are constructed safely and properly; and maintain ordinance compliance as we strive to balance the rights and desires of the community against the rights and values of the property owner.

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Best Regards,
Dana Johnson, AICP
Cobb County Community Development Agency Director

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