Legal notice runs for Atlanta annexation bill
The Daily Report on Friday ran a legal notice about a bill to expand Atlanta’s corporate limits through annexation.
There are currently two annexation proposals being considered. One would bring most of the Druid Hills, including Emory and the Centers for Disease Control, into the city of Atlanta. Another would annex a portion of South Fulton County. Atlanta Progressive News reports that the south Fulton proposal, which initially included Sandtown and Loch Lomond, has expanded to include West Cascade, and a chunk of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. To read the full story, click here.
The Druid Hills annexation is still up in the air as the Legislature is also considering a proposal for a city of LaVista Hills, which includes a portion of the map for the Druid Hills proposal. That map was developed by a group called Together in Atlanta.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, sent an “annexation and cityhood special report” to constituents on March 5, but it contained little solid information about what might be brewing under the Gold Dome with regard to the TIA proposal.
“House bills to create new cities of Tucker, LaVista Hills, South Fulton, have been introduced, and passed in less than 48 hours out of subcommittee and full committee of Governmental Affairs,” Oliver wrote. “All three proposed cities have border disputes with adjoining cities or proposed annexations by the City of Atlanta. Passage violated the Governmental Affairs Committee rules just adopted at the beginning of this Session that allegedly denied a city the right to move forward as long as border disputes existed. I made formal objections to passage based on rule violations, to no avail. Oh well.
“I anticipate, however, that the City of Atlanta will offer a specific map for voters in the 82nd House District to have a referendum on whether they wish to be included in the City of Atlanta in 2015, and that the proposed new cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker may also pass the Legislature this year. Border disputes must and will be resolved, but I do not know how or when, or how these resolutions may impact Decatur’s decision on annexation of a limited area of commercial and residential areas.”