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02 April 2014

Union City Prepares Annexation of 8.2 Acres Along Stonewall Tell Road in South Fulton County

Citizens in unincorporated south Fulton County will not have an opportunity to vote on creating a new city this year.

South Fulton residents can, however, explore joining one of the existing cities --Atlanta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, or Union City-- through annexation. One south Fulton property owner, Majestic Realty Company, is doing just that.

Majestic Realty, the owner of 8.2 acres of land along Stonewall Tell Road in unincorporated south Fulton County, filed an annexation petition with the City of Union City. The Union City City Council considered the annexation petition at its 18 March 2014 meeting.

According to 2013 tax records, the property has an assessed value of $35,160 and yielded $1,248.06 in property tax revenue for the county that year.

State law allows a county to object to a proposed annexation within thirty days of receiving a notice of intent to annex from a city. Counties can object to an annexation because of a material increase in burden upon the county directly related to any one or more of the following: (1) The proposed change in zoning or land use; (2) Proposed increase in density; and (3) Infrastructure demands related to the proposed change in zoning or land use.

The Fulton County Department of Planning and Community Services has found no basis upon which to file a valid objection to Union City's annexation of the 8.2 acres.

The annexation requeste is expected to breeze through the 2 April 2014 Fulton County Commission meeting.