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04 March 2015

Fulton County Puts Temporary Hold on People-Powered Petition to Join the City of College Park

For the second time in the past three months, Fulton County Commissioners put a temporary hold on a petition submitted to them by the people.

Fulton County Commissioners unanimously objected to a people-powered petition requesting the City of College Park annex approximately 274.985 acres of privately held land into the city limits (shown below). The objection took place at the Commission's 4 March 2015 meeting.

Proposed College Park Annexation Map by Andre Walker

Annexation is a three-step process that starts with the people; property owners petitioning a nearby municipality to join their city. The city then schedules public hearings on the proposed annexation, before seeking approval from the county. The county must then object or approve the proposed annexation, before the city can finalize it.

Fulton County's objection to the College Park annexation does not stop it, however. The proposal now goes before a five-member arbitration panel to determine if Fulton County's objection is valid, and to mediate any differences between the county and College Park.

According to the Arbitration Handbook published by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia Municipal Association, the arbitration panel "is not authorized to approve or deny any particular annexation proposal, but may or may not choose to attach zoning, land use or density conditions to the property in question for one year."