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24 April 2016

Atlanta Verifies Loch Lomond Petitions, Knocking Down Final Hurdle to Annexation

271 acres of land in unincorporated south Fulton County may soon be annexed into the City of Atlanta.

According to public records, Atlanta has reviewed the annexation petitions filed by the Loch Lomond community and found that they meet all the requirements of state law. The verification, according to city council documents (shown right), was completed 7 January 2015. This action by Atlanta removes the last remaining obstacle to annexation for residents in the affected area.

Atlanta City Council member Keisha Lance Bottoms, who would represent the proposed annexed area, introduced legislation to formally bring Loch Lomond into Georgia's largest city. The ordinance, 16-O-1189, is currently pending before the city council's finance and executive committee.

A vote on the Loch Lomond annexation could come before the entire Atlanta City Council as soon as 2 May 2016, the date of the next regularly scheduled council meeting.

The Loch Lomond area is considered to be one of unincorporated south Fulton's wealthiest communities, with homes approaching the two- and three-hundred thousand dollar range according to Fulton County property records. If the annexation takes place, it would almost certainly raise doubts about the financial viability of the proposed city of South Fulton.

House Bill 514, which authorizes a referendum on south Fulton cityhood, is currently awaiting Governor Deal's signature. If signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 514 gives residents of unincorporated south Fulton until 1 July 2016 to annex into existing cities before the borders are locked for the November General Election.