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Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Sports Field Site Plan Approval

By March 19, 2022March 20th, 2022Site plan

After several months of delays, the Cobb Board of Commissioners this week approved a site plan change on the North Campus of Mt. Bethel Christian Academy for the construction of an athletic field.

Since 2014, Mt. Bethel has operated a secondary school on Post Oak Tritt Road near Holly Springs Road.

The school obtained a special land use plan the previous year, stipulating that changes must come back to the commissioners. The SLUP included the future construction of a sports field and related facilities.

In 2019, Mt. Bethel Christian proposed a sports stadium, but later withdrew the request after community opposition surfaced.

The new site plan (above) was passed on the commission’s consent schedule after the private school worked out a new list of stipulations with nearby residents of the Holly Springs subdivision and the East Cobb Civic Association.

Mt. Bethel Christian attorney Kevin Moore filed the new site plan and letter of stipulation on Tuesday on March 9 (you can read here; you can read the zoning staff analysis by clicking here).

This includes moving the parking lot, removing an athletics track, creating an 85-foot undisturbed buffer between the lot and neighboring homes, and requiring the District Commissioner ( JoAnn Birrell) to approve the maximum land elevations.

Other provisions limit the range of lighting and the hours of operation of a public address system and public address system. The District Commissioner would also approve a final landscaping plan with community and ECCA reviews.

Approval comes after a few the neighbors objected to the proximity of the land in their backyards.

Commissioners voted in December delay the requestand Mt. Bethel requested another extension in February.

But at a zoning hearing on Tuesday, Birrell told affected parties “I appreciate you working with me in the background.”

The site plan changes also provide for the addition of 39 parking spaces for a total of 121 on campus.

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