Two More Fulton Communities Seek Annexation into Atlanta
Cascade Falls is off of Cascade Road SW, and is south of Mangum Manor, and to the northeast of Cascade Green.
Martin’s Park is just to the west of Cascade Falls, also just south of Cascade Road SW, and off of Fairburn Road.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) has introduced legislation to approve these annexations by the sixty percent method, meaning that at least sixty percent of homeowners were required to have submitted their signatures by way of a petition to the City of Atlanta.
Two public hearings are scheduled take place on June 15, 2016, to discuss the two proposed annexations. They will take place during the Finance/Executive Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, at 1 p.m.
That is a tight schedule, seeing as how any annexations in unincorporated Fulton County have to be completed by July 01, 2016, in order to avoid being included in the proposed map for the City of South Fulton that will go before affected voters in November 2016.
Per O.C.G.A. 36-36-111, the City is required to send notification to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
The Board of Commissioners may vote to oppose the proposed annexations of Cascade Falls and Martin’s Manor–although their legal authority to oppose them is limited.
However, a search of Fulton County meeting agendas, minutes, and video transcripts does not appear to show any legislative items related to these two proposed annexations to date. Such action could still occur before the public hearings in June.
Previously, as reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the City of Atlanta has quietly been undertaking a growing collection of annexations, both in the southwest direction in Fulton County and in the east/northeast direction in DeKalb County.
In Fulton County, thus far this has included annexation of the South Oaks community.
Councilwoman Bottoms has introduced legislation to approve the annexation of Loch Lomond as well, and this will be heard at a public hearing on next week, May 25, 2016, 1 p.m., during Finance/Executive Cmte.
There is still no word on a pending petition for Sandtown, making it appear as if it may not be completed before the July 01 deadline.
Atlanta has also been pursuing annexation of Fulton Industrial businesses – no word yet on those.
However, on April 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of Georgia recently heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by the City of Atlanta against Fulton County regarding its attempt to annex land that the City purchased on Fulton Industrial.
The County denied the request based on a provision in Georgia law that purports to prohibit Atlanta from annexation of Fulton Industrial parcels. A lower court judge ruled in favor of the City.
In DeKalb County, Atlanta has annexed Edmund Park and part of the East Lake community.
Atlanta had been pursuing annexation of the Druid Hills community, but that appears to be on hold for now – it is not impacted by the July 01 deadline, as Druid Hills is in DeKalb County.