Cobb County Government

Review 2040 Comprehensive Plan final draft and provide your input at two public hearings

(Marietta Ga. – June 12) Community Development Agency staff has released the 2040 Comprehensive Plan final draft. After several months of public engagement and preparing the updated plan, staff will present the contents of the plan and request additional feedback from residents, business owners and property owners.

The plan is available for review at and the public is encouraged to make final suggestions, additions or revisions at two public hearings. Public comments will be heard directly after the presentation to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.

  • 2040 Planning Commission zoning hearing
    9 a.m., July 6
    BOC Meeting Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St. NW, Marietta
    Presented during zoning hearing, listed as “Other Business” on agenda
  • 2040 Comprehensive Plan final public hearing
    9 a.m., Aug. 8
    BOC Meeting Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St. NW, Marietta
    Presented during regular BOC meeting

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a long-range, community designed growth strategy that will continue to make Cobb County an attractive place to invest, conduct business and raise a family. The current plan, adopted in 2007 with subsequent annual amendments, covers the time period between 2007 and 2030. This 10-year update will extend the current plan's growth outlook to 2040.

The plan is mandated by the state of Georgia and will help Cobb County guide and manage expected population and employment growth and coordinate major public investments in public safety, transportation, community facilities and other important elements. The plan is scheduled for submission to the Atlanta Regional Commission on Aug. 9. The ARC will ensure it meets minimum standards and procedures for local comprehensive planning.

If you have any questions or comments about the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, call 770-528-2018 or email


Cobb Juvenile Court judge sworn-in as president of Council of Juvenile Court Judges

May 31 (Marietta, Ga.) -- Cobb County Juvenile Court Judge James R. Whitfield was recently sworn into office as the president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges for the state of Georgia at a ceremony on May 8. Judge Whitfield’s term as president will begin June 1 and run thru May 31, 2018. Administering the oath of office was former council president, Judge J. Lane Bearden, Juvenile Court judge in the Cherokee Circuit.

“I am honored to serve as the new president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges and look forward to working with this outstanding group of colleagues to address the needs of our juveniles statewide,” Whitfield said.

The ceremony was part of the spring conference for the Council for Juvenile Court Judges held at the King & Prince Resort in St. Simons, Ga. The Council of Juvenile Court Judges is composed of all judges of the courts exercising jurisdiction over juveniles, and is currently comprised of 148 judges throughout the state. Council staff provides support to juvenile courts through legal research services, legislative tracking and specialized programs to assist in protecting the best interests of children and the state.

Judge Whitfield has been a Juvenile Court judge in Cobb County since 2005 and was recently reappointed to another four-year term, running through 2020. Along with his experience as a juvenile judge, Judge Whitfield also brings his expertise serving on numerous statewide committees and councils involving juvenile justice, including the Governor’s Children Cabinet and the Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children.

For more information, please contact Amanda Marshall at 770-528-8101 or

Cobb District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott appointed to House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding

(Marietta, GA – May 26, 2017) Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) appointed District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott as a member of the House Commission on Transit Governance & Funding.

This commission, which was created during the recent legislative session by House Resolution 848, will study Georgia’s transit needs and analyze ways for the state to adequately plan and provide for those needs.

“I am honored and proud to be asked to serve on this commission,” said Ott. “We have been working on solutions to address transit in our county and region. This commission is a big step in the right direction.”

The members of the Commission are divided into four groups: Six members of the House of Representatives, four representatives of transit systems or counties which provide mass transit, four residents of the state of Georgia, and ex-officio appointees.

“Transit is becoming more and more important to Georgia’s future,” said Speaker Ralston. “From congestion relief to economic development, a robust transit network across our state will have long-term benefits for our citizens. Situations like the recent I-85 rebuild have clearly demonstrated the importance of transit to our state and its economy. The House is proud to lead on this initiative to develop actionable, meaningful solutions.”

The directors of all metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are also ex-officio appointees to the commission. HR 848 provides that none of the MPO directors will have voting rights as members of the commission. The commission’s work will continue through the remainder of the 2017-2018 legislative session.

The text of House Resolution 848 can be found here:

Parks Bond Property Update

(Marietta, GA - May 22, 2017) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners continues to move forward to negotiate the purchase of $27.4 million in parks properties authorized through the parks bond measure approved by the board on April 11.

“Of the original ten properties identified as the highest in priority, four have been removed from consideration based on the fact that the county was not able to reach an agreement with property owners or the properties were unsuitable for park purposes,” according to Pat Riley, the real estate attorney in the County Attorney’s Office who is handling negotiations on behalf of the county.

Properties removed from the nominated list were located on Baker, Post Oak Tritt, Fowler, and Kurtz Roads.

Riley advised the board of developments at an Executive Session on Monday, May 22. Given the removal of properties from consideration, the Board has directed that additional properties be added to the active list under consideration, according to Riley.

Discussions regarding real estate acquisition are proper for executive sessions under the Open Meetings Act.

Candidate Recommended for Cobb County Chief of Police

Board of Commissioners to vote on appointment of Chief Michael Register  
(Marietta Ga. - May 15, 2017) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners will be considering a candidate recommended by Interim County Manager Rob Hosack. Following a thorough interview process with five finalists, the Board of Commissioners will vote on current Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register to be appointed as Cobb’s new Police Chief at its June 13 meeting.

“Chief Register will be an excellent leader for our outstanding men and women in uniform,” said Public Safety Director Sam Heaton. “He is a decorated officer, veteran and brings a wealth of education, knowledge and expertise, including almost 20 years with the Cobb County Police Department.”

Register has more than 30 years of operational and supervisory law enforcement experience. In his current role as Chief of Police of Clayton County Police Department, he oversees more than 500 people and a $40 million budget. He worked for Cobb Police Department from 1986 to 2005, serving in many tactical, operational and leadership positions, including assistant academy director and assistant SWAT and tactical team commander.

He has managed a law enforcement, operational and intelligence program at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and serves on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee as Co-Chair and is a Board Member for Safe America. He also served our country in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 22 years, including combat operations in Afghanistan.

Register is working on his doctoral dissertation in public administration and policy, with an emphasis in terrorism and conflict analysis and resolution. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and international finance from Liberty University. Register also attended Northwestern University’s nationally-recognized Police Staff and Command School and the Georgia Command College. He is an adjunct professor at Columbus State in the areas of strategic planning, management and leadership.

If approved by the Board, Register will replace Chief John Houser, who retired in January after serving Cobb for 35 years.
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