Governor Deal's approval of House Bill 514, the so-called city of South Fulton bill, launched a countdown clock that hits all zeroes on 1 July 2016.
1 July 2016 marks the date when all annexations in unincorporated south Fulton County must be completed. Any land not annexed by an existing city on or before 1 July 2016 will be included in the proposed boundaries of the new city of South Fulton, and voters in those areas will have an opportunity to say "yay" or "nay" to cityhood this November.
With that 1 July 2016 red letter date in mind, property owners and registered voters are already organizing petition drives to annex out of the proposed city of South Fulton.
Two south Fulton County communities --Loch Lomond and Sandtown-- have requested Atlanta annex them before the July deadline. And now, a third annexation petition has emerged; this time in the rural City of Chattahoochee Hills.
The land is valued at $1,480,900, according to Fulton County property records.
Under existing state law, there are two ways for property owners and registered voters to file an annexation petition -- 1.) the 100% method, which requires one-hundred percent of landowners to request annexation; and 2.) the 60% method, which requires sixty percent of landowners and sixty percent of registered voters to request annexation.
Chattahoochee Hills city officials say the 135-acre annexation petition represents approximately 100 acres of the 127 privately-owned acres in the proposed annexation area and 14 of the 20 electors in the area.
The next step for this proposed annexation is approval by the Fulton County Commission, followed by a public hearing in Chattahoochee Hills, and the adoption of an annexation ordinance formally bringing the 135 acres into the city.