Cobb County Community Development and EDAW, Inc have conducted meetings with residence and stakeholders of southeastern Cobb County. In total, the county has conducted five public meetings and two public information meetings as part of this planning process. We would like to thank all who have participated and provided us input in this planning process.
In spring 2007 the Board of Commissioners authorized the Community Development Agency to develop the River Line Master Plan (RLMP). The RLMP is a mid-to-long range plan that will address land use, transportation, and preservation issues, which are all important in improving the quality of life in an area of southeastern Cobb County (view the study area map [PDF]).
The plan began fall 2008 and should end spring 2009. The study area is bounded to the east by the Chattahoochee River and to the west by Buckner Road. It encompasses southern portions of Oakdale Road and eastern portions of Veterans Memorial Highway. Most of the study area is within unincorporated Cobb County, however the southern tip of Smyrna covers some of the land tracts with direct access to Oakdale Road.
The study area has excellent access to the interstate highway system, superb access to employment in downtown and midtown Atlanta, the Cumberland Community Improvement District, Sandy Springs and Marietta. In addition, the surrounding area has seen considerable investment in residential and commercial developments over the past 10 years. Some of this new development includes mixed-use communities in and near the Cumberland CID and Vinings. There are older and more mature neighborhoods and newer single-family subdivisions that exemplify strong and well-maintained residential areas and there are also some single-family and multi-family housing areas in need of reinventing through redevelopment/revitalization.
A mixture of land-use issues and preservation concerns exist in southern Cobb County, specifically in the study area. It is obvious at first glance there is no single character that identifies the area due to the diversity of the surrounding area. There are established villages like Vinings and Mableton, areas of intense commercial and residential developments in the Cumberland CID Regional Activity Center, older communities in the process of undergoing redevelopment and revitalization such as Oakdale and historic artifacts such as the shoupades and Civil War trenches that stretch throughout the area. Also, the City of Smyrna is involved in growth and land use change in the area as annexation occurs. This area, between Oakdale and Mableton, is a place that has no definitive character of its own. Many of the residents in this area identify with one of the surrounding communities (Smyrna, Vinings, or Mableton). This area has much to gain from a study to help manage growth and create a sense-of-place.