Cobb County Government




Design Guidelines


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Design guidelines assist county staff and other professionals such as architects, engineers, planners and developers, as well as community members, in making more informed design decisions for either private developments or public facility investments.

Cobb County already has design guidelines established on Atlanta Road, Canton Road, Dallas Highway and Macland Road. County staff recently completed design guidelines along Mableton Parkway and Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton and has plans to develop guidelines along Austell Road.

View the presentation from the Mableton & Veterans Memorial Design Guideline Final Community Meeting, held on February 7, 2017.

Avoiding Common Residential Code Enforcement Violations

This video highlights some common residential violations of the Official Code of Cobb County, and offers tips on avoiding them.


Zoning 101

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2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendment


2017CompPlan The annual plan amendment process begins at the end of each calendar year, starting in October and ending in January of the following year. During this time, staff members study proposed changes to the text and land use map that have arisen throughout the year. The changes may be the result of direction from the Board of Commissioners due to a rezoning action, approval of a study or master plan, and/or suggestions from the Planning Commission, residents, business community or staff. Any site which was not previously posted for a rezoning, land use permit, special land use permit or study/master plan hearing, is posted to notify the public of the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments.

Cobb 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Community Development has begun the initial stages of the 10 Year Update to the County's Comprehensive Plan. In the interest of providing healthy and economically vibrant communities that are vital to the state's economic prosperity, the State of Georgia requires all local jurisdictions to coordinate and conduct comprehensive planning duties through the Georgia Planning Act of 1989.

The benefit of a comprehensive plan is to work with the county residents, the business community, and non-profits to develop a growth strategy that continues to make Cobb County an attractive place to invest, conduct business and raise a family. The County's comprehensive plan is a fact-base resource for elected officials, appointed officials, and the community that creates and tracks implementation of community-based policies. Additionally, the local comprehensive plan creates an environment of predictability for business and industry, investors, property owners, tax payers and the general public. The plan can help local governments recognize and then implement important economic development and revitalization initiatives. Overall, well-planned communities are better prepared to attract new growth in a highly competitive global market.

For more information, visit the Cobb 2040 Comprehensive Plan page.

Zoning Analysis Information

Every month the Cobb County Zoning Division prepares zoning analysis information, which provides analysis and staff recommendations for all rezoning, special land use permits, land use permit requests and variance requests.

These items are presented to the Planning Commission, Board of Commissioners and Board of Zoning Appeals for their, review, recommendation, and consideration. 

Commercial Property Rehabilitation Incentive Exhibits [PDF]

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Video On Demand

View a wide range of CobbTV Video on Demand productions focusing on land use, environmental protection, and building. Learn about the latest public meetings, local initiatives, and more.