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Johnson Ferry/Shallowford Road (JOSH) 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.


JOSH will focus on five key elements: future land use, design guidelines, stormwater management, parks and greenspace, and transportation. Due to anticipated growth, new development and redevelopment, future land use will be a key focal point of the study. Issues and concerns will be identified by community members and addressed through the concept plan and implementation recommendations. The design guidelines element will be developed to re-create an identity for the Johnson Ferry Road/Shallowford Road community. This will aid in promoting a quality community that articulates a sense of place, aesthetically pleasing buildings and streetscape design that will be identified through the public participation phase of the study.   As Stormwater Management has been a topic of concern in the past, a Stormwater element will be included within the plan to address impacts due to erosion and/or flooding. Parks and greenspace will also be a focal point of the study. As such, there will be a focus on identifying needs for new parks, trail connectivity and any other community concerns. A Transportation element will also be a part of JOSH. Transportation recommendations identified in the Cobb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) will be brought forward and any additional issues and concerns will be addressed through the Transportation element.


After the public participation phase of the study is complete, a conceptual master plan map will be developed.  The conceptual plan will outline the specific issues and concerns identified via the stakeholder group and public input according to the five plan elements. Additionally, an action plan will be created to address the issues and concerns.


In addition to the concept master plan, JOSH will also include recommendations identified through the public participation portion of the study process. Recommendations will be formulated for each of the elements through a cooperative effort involving the stakeholders and other community members. The recommendations will be firmly tied to the conceptual master plan.


The JOSH plan will be developed in part by way of an extensive public participation program. A stakeholder group has been established, consisting of key individuals representing a variety of groups and organizations. Stakeholders include neighborhood/civic groups and business/commercial representatives. In addition to the Stakeholder Group, the project team will facilitate three community meetings to engage the public in defining problems and concerns, and identifying their desires for the future of the JOSH community. Additionally, the website will be used to disseminate information about the Plan, as well as provide the community an additional means to offer input. Staff will create an electronic archive called the JOSH Journal, which will provide interested parties with an interactive tool to explore the project area via mobile devices or desktop computer.

The three community meetings were held:

  • View the Presentation from the first Community Meeting on March 26
  • View the Meeting Summary from March 26
  • Interactive Workshop held on April 16
  • Revised Image Preference Survey conducted on May 8, 2018

An additional Community Meeting will been added to the JOSH Small Area Plan. Please check back often for the scheduled date, time and location.

The past four meetings were held at the following location:

Chestnut Ridge Christian Church
2663 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30062

Want to provide feedback? 

Email the Planning Division.


JOSH Community Meeting

January 2019 Update: Upcoming Meetings

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott and the Cobb County Community Development Agency will host three additional community meetings for the Johnson Ferry/Shallowford (JOSH) Small Area Plan. These meetings will provide additional opportunities for public comment, which will be utilized in conjunction with feedback previously received during the initial round of community meetings pertaining to the project.  The first of the three meetings will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Chestnut Ridge Christian Church. There will be a presentation to re-familiarize the community with the project, followed by breakout groups facilitated by experts in the fields of land use, parks and recreation, transportation, and stormwater to discuss issues, concerns and ideas for the future of the JOSH community.

Meeting Details

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 12
  • Tuesday, March 12

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Chestnut Ridge Christian Church
2663 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062-5251

More Info: (770) 528-2018 or [email protected]         

JOSH Small Area Plan Community Meetings Icon

JOSH Final Draft

The JOSH Final Draft was available for public review from June 3, 2019, to July 9, 2019, and from March 12 to May 27, 2020. Staff is now evaluating the feedback received. 

Completed Small Area Studies

Powers Ferry Master Plan

The Powers Ferry Master Plan area is located south central Cobb County. In March of 2010, the Board of Commissioners adopted the plan document. This initiative was created, designed and developed through technical review of data and with the community in mind, with a specific focus on improving the area’s quality of life. It includes recommended land use, transportation, economic development, open space and natural environment, and community appearance action items to make the area more accessible and more appealing for businesses, employees and residents. Cobb County staff is proactive in advancing the plan’s vision by way of review and updating the corridor trends and changes. This document serves as a five year update to the original plan study. 

View the Powers Ferry Master Plan.

View the 5-year update to the Powers Ferry Master Plan, approved in 2015.

Powers Ferry Master Plan Boundary Map

Mableton Form-Based Code, Approved in 2013

The Mableton. Cobb County master plan will be activated and regulated by a proposed Regulating Plan and its associated SmartCode. A SmartCode is a type of land development ordinance that unifies zoning, subdivision regulations, urban design and basic architectural standards into one compact document. Also referred to as a “form-based code,” the SmartCode will ensure that the master plan is activated by addressing the physical form of building and development. The code advocates the development of mixed-use, walkable urban space and assigns specific areas to become compact neighborhood centers without changing the character of the area’s more relaxed residential fabric.

View the Mableton Form-Based Redevelopment Code (134-286)

View the Mableton Form-Based Code Transect Zone Info Sheet

View the adopted Mableton Form-Based Implementation Plan

View the Mableton Lifelong Community Study

Mableton Form-Based Code Illustrative Master Plan

Austell Road LCI Study ( 2015)

The Austell Road Corridor Livable Centers Initiative Study is a multi-disciplinary planning study carried out by Cobb County with partial funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Its purpose is to develop an implementable plan that will serve as a blueprint for addressing transportation, land use, economic development and community design issues in a holistic way. The vision motivating this effort is to revive the spirit and strength of this street and the neighborhoods, businesses and activity centers that it links together. The study supports the implementation of the Cobb County Comprehensive Plan by seeking to:

  • Engage all stakeholders in the planning process and encourage partnerships between the public and private sectors in both planning and implementation.
  • Link land use and transportation to improve mobility and economic efficiency in the corridor.
  • Identify multi-modal transportation enhancements to balance the transportation system.
  • Arrest economic decline and encourage redevelopment of vacant and underutilized commercial centers.
  • Encourage appropriate infill opportunities.
  • Increase the diversity of housing and support housing choices for current and future residents.
  • Improve land use balance and transportation system efficiency in the corridor by creating vibrant, mixed-use development.
  • Establish a sense of place that will instill neighborhood pride and ownership in the corridor.

Download the Austell Road Livable Centers Initiative Study Original Document.

Download the Austell Road Livable Centers Initiative Study 5-Year Update Document.

Download the Austell Road Livable Centers Initiative Study 5-Year Update Amendment.

Austell Road LCI Study Area Map

Northwest Land Vulnerability Analysis (Summer 2014)

The Northwest Land Vulnerability Study is a collaborative effort involving various departments within Cobb County as well as the community. The goal of this report is to examine, identify, and modify incompatible land uses with respect to existing and changing conditions that could influence this area over the next 10 to 20 years. These influencing forces include incompatible land uses, commuter traffic, new and improved transportation facilities, commercial and residential developments, and environmental factors related to stormwater runoff and Lake Allatoona. This study is intended to create a community driven goal that will guide growth in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Download the Northwest Land Vulnerability Study Document.

Cobb County Northwest Land Vulnerability Study Study Area

Vinings Vision Plan

In March 2011, the Board of Commissioners requested the Cobb County Community Development Agency, Planning Division to undertake a master planning process for Vinings. This planning project began with efforts of the Vinings community which had expressed interest in creating long range strategies for Vinings. While many studies have been done on areas surrounding and adjoining Vinings (particularly in and for the Cumberland Community Improvement District), none of have focused solely on the issues related to the core of Vinings and the residents and businesses that reside there. These issues are wide-ranging that include land use, transportation, historic preservation, natural resources and maintaining a sense of place. Vinings is unique in that it has a historic core that has developed into a high-end, low density residential community that is now surrounded by more intense and higher density uses. These land use issues, along with Vinings’ prime location, has led to other challenges with traffic being the most dominant. The goal of the Vinings Vision Plan is to ascertain the most prevalent issues through public input, data analysis, field visits and existing conditions analysis, determine an overall vision through a concept plan and provide recommendations how to accomplish the vision, both in the short-term and the long-term.

Download the Vinings Vision Plan Document.

Vinings Vision Plan Study Area Map

South Cobb Implementation Strategy

The South Cobb Implementation Strategy (SCIS) is a comprehensive document serving as a policy guide and communication tool for the improvement of South Cobb’s physical and economic conditions. This strategy contains policies and action-items spurring revitalization of the greater South Cobb area. The original implementation strategy was adopted by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners in January 2012. The Community Development Agency’s Planning Division is designated as the primary point of contact for the SCIS efforts.

View the original South Cobb Implementation Strategy.

View the original Appendix South Cobb Implementation Strategy.

Download the South Cobb Implementation Strategy 5-Year Update, updated in 2017.

South Cobb Implementation Strategy Node Map

Purpose-Built Student Housing

Cobb County has recently concluded the 2018 Purpose-Built Student Analysis, which was accepted by the Board of Commissioners at their October 23, 2018 meeting.  Purpose-Built Student Housing (PBSH) is a segment of the rental housing market aimed at college students.  While PBSH is being built across the country, it is relatively new to Cobb County.  In recent years, several PBSH apartment communities have been planned and/or developed, completely by private developers, in the areas surrounding the main campus of Kennesaw State University (KSU).  Since 2012, six different PBSH projects have been constructed, both in unincorporated Cobb County and the City of Kennesaw.

The purpose of the analysis was to provide of an overview of PBSH, detail its unique characteristics, and identify the short-term and long-term effects of PBSH on the surrounding areas, Kennesaw State University, and Cobb County.  Read the PBSH analysis.

Dobbins ARB Joint Land Use Study Website
Dobbins ARB Joint Land Use: Light Pollution Study

The Light Pollution Study is part of the Dobbins ARB Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Implementation that brings together Cobb County, the cities of Marietta and Smyrna, and Dobbins ARB, to understand and assess nighttime lighting conditions surrounding the base and propose recommendations to support the aviation missions at Dobbins ARB. The overall intent of the JLUS and Light Pollution Study is to support a healthy economy, environment, and community, while safeguarding the military mission. 

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