Decatur Commission will consider annexing 12 parcels into city

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 16, 2015
Decatur City Hall

Decatur City Hall

Decatur’s City Commission will consider annexing 12 more parcels into the city in an attempt to clean up boundaries.

Commissioners are set to consider the annexations during their regular meeting tonight, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The properties in question exist partially within the city and partially within the county. At a meeting last month, commissioners formally accepted the annexation petitions from the property owners.

The parcels are:


172  Willow Lane

2292 Ferndale Drive

2367 N. Decatur Road

552 Willivee Drive

543 N. Superior Avenue

417 Pensdale Road

232 Willow Lane

240 Willow Lane

111 Scott Blvd.

2203 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue

649 Kirk Road

2584 McKinnon Drive

City Manager Peggy Merriss has said the impact on the school system would be negligible. Five of the property owners already have children in City Schools of Decatur, and one has a child in a private school, she said.

After commissioners accepted the petitions, the city notified DeKalb County, which raised no objections to the proposed annexations.

In other matters, commissioners will review a draft of a Community Action Plan intended to promote diversity within the city of Decatur. Last Thursday, the city’s consultant held a presentation to discuss a draft of the plan and solicit comments. However, no draft plan was made available, just the action items that will be in the plan. There was also no opportunity to comment on the action items. The city’s announcement about the meeting said a draft plan would be available for review and comment.

Here is the city’s full announcement for the Nov. 12 meeting:

Working from the contributions of almost a thousand Decatur residents, the Better Together team is presently working to compile, distill and present the community’s many ideas in the form of our Community Action Plan’s first draft.

That draft will be available for community review and comment on Thursday, November 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Marriott Courtyard’s Decatur Conference Center, Ballroom B.

Please join us for a full program in which we’ll review our work to date and explore the various recommendations that have emerged.

This is a public gathering open to all, so please come and add your perspective on how Decatur can best foster the diversity that makes us such a wonderful place to call home.

It’s not clear when a full draft will be made available and when the public will be given an opportunity to comment. Commissioners are expected to approve the plan on Dec. 7.

The Nov. 16 commission meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.


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