March 1, 2015 

From the President...



Cobb County is looking for your opinion!


As part of the work to "brand" and then market South Cobb, residents and non-residents are being asked to complete an online survey about the area.  The purpose of the survey is to help build the appropriate message and image for South Cobb. 


600 respondents will be needed to get an accurate sample of our population. These responses will help create a strong brand to attract and retain residents, businesses and visitors to South Cobb. Take the survey online  and be a part of this project.  


MIC is also looking for your input, so plan now to come to the MIC Annual Community Meeting on March 24th at 7pm at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive here in Mableton.  Until then, feel free to call or email me with your ideas about our community.




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MIC President

(404) 550-0475   


Community Garden Open House
March 14th at 10am
MIC's Historic Mableton Community Garden on Floyd Road will hold an Open House on Saturday, March 14th from 10am to noon for new and returning gardeners.  Returning gardeners will have first choice for their plots, but space is available for new gardeners as well.  Plot rentals range from $30 to $45, including water and MIC membership.


The Community Garden is a great place to grow community as well as veggies!  Make new friends and learn more about gardening at the same time.  Experience is not required!  Garden Leader Terri Carter and other experienced gardeners will help you get started. Contact Terri Carter by email.


On a related note, MIC is sad to report that the community garden on Riverview Road is closing.  We were not able to reach a lease agreement with the property owner for the land.  Our thanks to everyone who nurtured this garden over the past few years, especially Val Mathis, Dave McDaniel and the family and friends of Sam Hicks.

MIC Parks Committee News
Volunteers and Ideas Wanted!

Want to make Mableton a more beautiful place to live? Interested in helping to develop heritage park creek community green spaces? Want to help create park spaces that will provide both recreation and revenue?  If so, please consider joining the Parks Committee! 


We are a citizen volunteer group dedicated to making Mableton a destination for families, nature lovers, and history buffs alike. This year brings exciting new projects and the opportunity to be a part of creating a true live/work/play community centered around environmental sustainability, recreational enjoyment, historical preservation, and cultural growth. 


If you would like more information about our plans or want to be a part of changing the face of Mableton, please email Meggan or Michael Delano, Parks Committee Co-chairs.

Hooper-Turner House Demolished
Oakdale Road Landmark

Last week, the City of Smyrna demolished the Hooper-Turner House located on Oakdale Road.  The River Line Historic Area and MIC had worked for a decade to find a preservation-minded owner and adaptive re-use for this historic property, perhaps as a visitor center for the River Line area parks and historic areas.   In the end, however, time simply ran out.  

Mableton Day Community Meeting
March 17th at 7pm

Planning for Mableton Day 2015 is underway! The next Community Meeting will be held at the Mable House Arts Center on Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm. Each committee will report its progress. Organizations that are competing for the Community Spirit prizes will be there for orientation and volunteer opportunities will be explained.  


Mableton Day is Saturday, May 16th at the Mable House Complex. The day begins with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and continues with live entertainment, classic cars, vendors, arts and crafts, kids' corner and more!  Fun for the whole family right here at home. 


Want to know more?  Want to get involved?  Contact the Mableton Day team via email. Mableton Day is produced by the Mableton Day Coalition, a joint effort of MIC, the South Cobb Arts Alliance and the Amateur Advocate Association.


Mableton 5K Registration Open Now
May 16th at 8am 

Register now for the Mableton Day 5K and make sure you have the chance to run or walk in the best event here in Mableton! Registration is limited and when the race is full -- it's full! The Mableton 5K marks the start of Mableton Day, a community celebration in its 10th year.  


Following the 5K at 9am is the Mableton Jr. Fun Run.  The one-mile length is great for kids and adults looking for a shorter distance event.  All entries before May 8th will receive a t-shirt, so register now and secure yours! 

Suessical, the Musical!
Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for "Seusical," presented by the Threatre Project at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre.  The Theatre Project is a community theatre experience for kids 9 through 18 years of age that combines fun with education.


Tickets are $8 and tables for six are available for $48.  Performances are April 17th at 7pm; April 18th at 2pm and 7pm, and April 19th at 5pm.  For more information, contact the Mable House Arts Center at 770 819-3285 or follow the Threatre Project on Facebook.

"Safe Sales" for Online Transactions
Meet at Sheriff's Office locations

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren welcomes the public to use Sheriff's Office facilities on County Services Parkway or the Marietta Square when meeting someone to make a financial transaction for goods advertised on Craigslist or other websites. Public areas suitable for these types of transactions include the parking lot of the county jail and jail administration building at 1825 County Services Parkway as well as the Sheriff's Office Headquarters on the Marietta Square.  Residents seeking to use these areas for transactions should notify the Sheriff's Office by calling 770-499-4212 and speaking with the on-duty watch commander. 

Zoning News
Decided in February...
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The Board of Zoning Appeals approved variances requested by Habitat for Humanity for property at 381 Lee Road and adjacent lots, where the organization plans to build 8 homes. MIC supported this application.


The Board of Zoning Appeals also approved variances for an auto repair shop at 632 Puckett Drive. The approval included the stipulations requested by MIC related to parking and indoor vehicle repair. 


On the Calendar for March...


In February, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval an application from the owner of the property at 1884 Old Alabama Road (Z-5) to change the zoning from General Commercial to Neighborhood Retail Commercial for an auto repair shop, and included many stipulations requested by MIC.  The application was held by the Board of Commissioners and is now set to be heard on March 17th. MIC is requesting that the remaining stipulations, to which the property owner has agreed, be included in the BOC's action.  The stipulations include limiting hours of operation so as not to disturb the homes and church next door, landscaping, and limiting additional development on the site.

An application to change the zoning from R-20 to OI ("Office Institutional") for 1092 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-15) with the proposed use being a veterinary office was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission in February.  The application was continued by the Board of Commissioners and is now set to be heard on March 17th. The property includes floodplain along Nickajack Creek which is part of the proposed Nickajack Creek trail. The Planning Commission included many of MIC's requested stipulations, but MIC is seeking additional clarification to
ensure the County's ability to build the trail.


A variance application for an ATM installation has been filed for the shopping center at 6200 Mableton Parkway (V-40) at the corner of Mableton Parkway and Factory Shoals Road.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application for several reasons: public safety concerns, lack of space in the parking lot, and ongoing code violations, especially related to trash and debris behind the shopping center.


Rocklyn Homes, the builder of Volunteer Ridge at 751 Veterans Memorial Highway (OB-12) has filed a request with the Board of Commissioners for a change to the stipulations for the property.  The new stipulation would allow a mix of materials on the fronts of the homes.  The MIC Board has not taken a position on this application.


Coming up in April....


The hearing for the application for a subdivision on Old Alabama Road (Z-86) on property surrounding New Harvest Baptist Church has been postponed again to the April 7th Planning Commission hearing.  The developer has completed an R-15 plan with an open space overlay. MIC is working with neighborhood groups to review the new plan. For more information on this rezoning, contact Sonya Wheatley, a member of MIC's Zoning Committee.


Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair. 


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