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12 December 2014

Chattahoochee Hills Schedules Public Hearing, 16 December, on Annexing 4,990 Acres of Land

Land owners desiring to be annexed into the City of Chattahoochee Hills made it clear, in October, that they would not be deterred in their bid to join the south Fulton County municipality.

After being informed by the Chattahoochee Hills Planning Commission that the petition to bring approximately 9,400 acres into the city was about eighty signatures short of meeting the state mandate, residents supporting annexing into Chattahoochee Hills peppered City Attorney Rick Lindsey, City Planner Mike Morton, and Mayor Tom Reed with questions on how the process continues [Walker (31 October 2014). Citizen-led Effort to Annex into Chattahoochee Hills Falls 80 Votes Short of State Mandate. Georgia Unfiltered. Retrieved on 12 December 2014.].

Planning Commission Chairman Alan Merrill said then he expected the annexation petition to be re-submitted to the city again in the future.

Well, the future is now.

A group of citizens have once again submitted petitions seeking to have 4,990 total acres of land brought into the corporate limits of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

Two separate annexation petitions were filed; the owner of 70 acres used the 100% method, while the owners of the remaining 4,920 acres chose the 60% method.

Under Georgia law, there are three ways for citizens to join an existing city -- the 100% method, the 60% method, and the resolution and referendum method.

The 60% method requires 60% of landowners and 60% of registered voters to sign a petition requesting annexation by the city. The 100% method is just like it sounds. One land owner can petition a city to annex their property simply by sending a letter saying, "I want to be in your municipality."

16 December, the Chattahoochee Hills Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on annexing the 4,990 acres in question.

If the annexation is approved by the Planning Commission, the Chattahoochee Hills City Council will consider the petitions at its 18 December meeting.