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16 May 2016

Fulton County to Approve $1 Million Chattahoochee Hills Annexation at Wednesday Meeting

Recently, the owners of 135 acres in unincorporated south Fulton County filed a petition seeking annexation into the City of Chattahoochee Hills.

(Fulton County Commissioners are expected to approve the annexation of 135 acres into Chattahoochee Hills this week.)
Late last week, those property owners received some good news from Fulton County officials. The Planning and Community Services Department could find no basis upon which to file a valid objection to the annexation.

Under Georgia law, Fulton County can only object to annexation requests 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.

If Fulton County objects, the annexation is not stopped, however. The proposed annexation would then go before a five-member arbitration panel to determine if Fulton County's objection is valid, and to mediate any differences between the county and the city.

Fulton County Commissioners are expected to approve the 135 acre annexation at their 18 May 2016 meeting, since planning officials could find no valid reason to object.

This means that only one hurdle remains for the landowners of those 135 acres valued at $1,480,900, according to county tax records -- a final vote before the Chattahoochee Hills City Council.