29 parcels – Decatur considers annexing Derrydown

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 30, 2014
Decatur City Hall

Decatur City Hall

This story has been updated. 

The city of Decatur published its meeting agenda for Monday, June 2, and it includes a public hearing on a plan to annex 29 parcels on Derrydown Way into the city.

The city published a service delivery report on the annexation plan, which you can download by clicking this link: Derrydown service delivery report

According to the report, eight of the parcels already are partially located in the city of Decatur. Commissioners received annexation petitions for Derrydown during the City Commission’s April 7 meeting.

If the city decides to move forward with the annexation, it would add two students to the city school system in year one, and an estimated six students by year five. The report says the city wouldn’t need any additional staff to provide police and fire services.

City Commissioners¬†recently approved an even larger annexation of 77 parcels in the Parkwood Neighborhood. That will add 14 students to the city’s school system in the first year, according to a service delivery report created for that annexation.

The June 2 meeting starts with a work session at 6:30 pm and followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 pm. During the work session, commissioners will discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

The commission meets at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • TinMan

    So this is how annexation is going to happen, under the radar, 10-30 parcels at a time. Pretty soon we will have thousands of extra properties in the City. I guess it’s a lot easier for the Commissioners to do it this way than go through formal channels. I hope that they factor this into the DHS and Renfroe expansions.

    • sarahph

      Well, that’s the way it’s going to go with these commissioners and this city manager. However, being voters… we could change all that.

  • King Joffrey

    5 years out, they are predicting that only 6 kids will be added to the school system by these 29 parcels? Have they seen how long it takes developers to pounce on dilapidated properties tear down a 2/2 and build a 5/4 in it’s place over in Oakhurst? I’ve got to think that estimate is off by a factor of like 5.

    • Westchesterite

      City of Decatur must be some kind of arithmetic-free zone; estimates of students seem to be fantasy-based.

  • exilist

    Derrydown here. Just got the notice in the mail last week. I don’t have kids and I’m a renter. So there’s no impact, except for a potential rent increase due to higher taxes. But I had no idea how bad DeKalb county schools are, and how much people are desperate to get into Decatur city schools.

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