Under Georgia law, there are three ways for citizens and private land owners to annex into an existing city -- the 100% method, the 60% method, and the resolution and referendum method.
All three methods require the people's consent in order for the annexation to move forward.
Within the last sixty days, the people made it abundantly clear they want their land in the City of Chattahoochee Hills.
The people's first petition to join Chattahoochee Hills was filed, 30 September 2014. 9,400 acres of land were at stake under this petition. State law required 60% of landowners and 60% of registered voters to sign a petition requesting annexation by the city. Chattahoochee Hills City Planner Mike Morton, who processed the people's annexation petition, said 60% of the landowners had signed the document. But 60% of the registered voters did not. The petition was eighty voters short of 60%.
While disappointing to the citizens who organized the annexation petition drive, the news that they were eighty voters short did not deter those wanting to join the City of Chattahoochee Hills.