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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.


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 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. on the following dates:

  • March 26, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
    • Interactive workshop format that gave participants an opportunity to provide their ideas for the JOSH community.Interactive workshop format that gave participants an opportunity to provide their ideas for the JOSH community.
  • May 8, 2018
    • Conducted a revised version of the Image Preference Survey for the participants in attendance. A link to the Image Preference Survey can be found here.

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 three meetings were held at the following location:

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

Want to provide feedback? 

Tell us what you want out of this study! Check out the JOSH crowdsource application. Give us feedback by viewing the Image Preference Survey!



Study Area Boundary [PDF]

JOSH Local Perspective [PDF]

JOSH Regional Perspective [PDF]

JOSH Community Facilities [PDF]

JOSH Park, Trails, and Conservation [PDF]

JOSH Topography [PDF]

JOSH Future Land Use and Small Area Policy Guidelines [PDF]

JOSH Zoning [PDF]

JOSH Existing Land Use [PDF]

JOSH Functional Class and Traffic Counts [PDF]

JOSH Sidewalks [PDF]