Cobb County Government

In addition to the Comprehensive Plan, the Planning Division also conducts and manages a variety of land use, economic development, and transportation plans that impact various areas of Cobb County.



JOSH: Johnson Ferry and Shallowford Road Small Area Plan


JOSH is a small area plan centered on the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Shallowford Roads. It will be administered and facilitated by a team consisting of staff from the Planning Division of Cobb County Community Development, the Cobb County Department of Transportation, Cobb P.A.R.K.S, and the Stormwater Division of the Cobb County Water System. The purpose of JOSH is to provide guidance to the Board of Commissioners regarding policy and decisions pertaining to land use, design guidelines, parks and greenspace facilities, and infrastructure. The JOSH plan will supplement the Cobb 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and is in response to current and anticipated development/redevelopment trends in the area.

Design Guidelines

The Planning Division assists with the creation of and administers Design Guidelines for specific areas; these guidelines are included in the county's development standards that provide specific criteria for site planning and architectural detailing. 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. 

UPDATE: Vinings Design Guidelines Approved
  • Achieve and maintain a quality in landscaping and streetscaping
  • Develop a distinct identity and street character for the corridor
  • Provide a safe, accessible and aesthetically pleasing pedestrian and automobile environment
  • Create a consistent public environment within the Johnson Ferry Corridor
  • Preserve and expand the open public space and green space

This document was approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on August 28, 2018. This will be implemented through the plan review process.

View the APPROVED Design Guidelines

Johnson Ferry Urban Design Plan

In 2010, Cobb County will be working with residents, business owners, and land owners along Johnson Ferry Road in the development of the Johnson Ferry Road Urban Design Plan. Urban design deals primarily with the design and management of public space (i.e. the 'public environment', 'public realm' or 'public domain'), and the way public places are experienced and used. Public space includes the totality of spaces used freely on a day-to-day basis by the general public, such as streets, plazas, parks and public infrastructure. Some aspects of privately owned spaces, such as building facades or domestic gardens, also contribute to public space and are therefore also considered by urban design.

For more information, visit Community Development Johnson Ferry Urban Design Plan / Design Guidelines

Powers Ferry Master Plan

In 2009 – 2010 Cobb County in cooperation with the Cumberland Community Improvement District worked with the residential and business community in the Powers Ferry area to develop a long range plan focusing on redevelopment and transportation improvements that will assist in better defining the future of this area of Cobb County. The Board of Commissioners approved this Master Plan effort on March 23, 2010 and Cobb County staff is now working with the community on implementation of this effort.

For more information visit Community Development Powers Ferry Master Plan

River Line Master Plan

In 2008 – 2009 Cobb County hired AECOM to assist with the creation of a master plan focusing on land use, transportation, and preservation in an area of southern Cobb County known as the River Line Area. The area has seen increased industrial and residential growth over the past decade, which in combination with the numerous natural and historic resources in the area resulted in the need to create a strategic vision on how this area would grow in the future. The Board of Commissioners approved this Master Plan effort on October 27, 2009 and Cobb County staff is now working with the community on implementation of this effort.

For more information, visit Community Development River Line Master Plan

Mableton Form Based Code

During 2010, Cobb County will be working with residents and property owners in the Mableton Community in an effort to develop a new regulatory tool to assist with redevelopment efforts in the “Old Mableton” area. A form based code is a means of regulating development to achieve a specific urban through the control of physical form primarily, with a lesser focus on regulating land use. Form based codes are a new response to the modern challenges of urban sprawl, deterioration of historic neighborhoods, and neglect of pedestrian safety in new development. Tradition has declined as a guide to development patterns, and the widespread adoption single-use zoning regulations has discouraged compact, walkable urbanism. Form based codes are a tool to address these deficiencies, and to provide local governments the regulatory means to achieve development objectives with greater certainty.

For more information, visit Community Development Mableton SmartCode

Vinings Master Plan

In 2010, Cobb County will be working with the Vinings Home Owners Association and the Vinings Business Association on the development of a master plan that will assist in creating a strategic vision on how this area would grow in the future. This will include land use scenarios to protect the quality residential environment, urban design to assist with issues relating to the public realm, and preservation/interpretation to assist in increasing awareness about this area’s unique sense-of-place.

For more information, visit Community Development Vinings Vision Plan

Cumberland CID Supplemental LCI study

In 2010, Cobb County will be working with the Cumberland Community Improvement District in hiring a consultant to assist with the implementation of a LCI Supplemental Grant for the creation of a Light Rail Station and CobbLinc Transfer Facility Location Analysis for the Cumberland CID Core Area. The purpose of this study is to create a technical resource to assist in locating a rail station/bus station transfer facility, other potential rail stations, and guide for development based on best practices for transit oriented development (TOD).

For more information, visit Community Development Cumberland CID Master Plan

2040 Comprehensive Plan Update

Cobb County is updating its Comprehensive Plan. The 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.

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South Cobb Implementation Strategy

Study Overview

On April 26, 2011, Chairman Timothy Lee and District Commissioner Woody Thompson assembled a team of Cobb County Government leaders to assist in putting together a comprehensive cross-department strategy and communication tool to help South Cobb develop a clear concise strategy to complement the study efforts completed over the years.

Dobbins ARB Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted as a joint venture between an active military installation, surrounding cities and counties, state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders. The Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) JLUS is an 8-month study funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the local sponsors - Cobb County and the cities of Marietta and Smyrna. Visit to learn more.

Milford Church/Osborne neighborhood mTAP Presentation

The primary objective is to inform the revitalization of the midcentury Milford Church/Osborne neighborhoods.

The ULI Center for Leadership - 2017 mTAP team has developed a set of recommended action items intended to encourage redevelopment within the Milford Church/Osborne neighborhood of Cobb County, including the revitalization of the area's commercial corridors and residential neighborhoods by:

  1. Reevaluating the current land use/zoning to identify strategic development nodes at key intersections that maximize existing infrastructure and encourage diversified non-residential uses along the corridor.
  2. Co-locating services at strategic nodes to attract needed services
  3. Improving access through future trail connections and street improvements

These recommendations also consider affordable housing, residential and commercial blight, and non conforming land uses.


View the Presentation