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15 June 2016

South Fulton Annexation vs. Cityhood Debate Divides Communities as Fight Lands in Court

The South Fulton fight over annexation and cityhood just escalated, dividing local communities even further.

A group of residents, led by Jewel Johnson, filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court seeking to overturn the recent City of Atlanta annexation of the 271 acre Loch Lomond community.

Atlanta annexed Loch Lomond 6 June 2016.

The legal action, shown below, claims Atlanta has not followed Georgia annexation law and asks the Court to "prohibit [Atlanta] from proceeding with taking any further annexation actions until an 'Independent Entity' verifies conformance with Ga Annexation Laws pursuant to O.C.G.A. Title 36, Chapter 36.

A hearing date on the suit has not been scheduled.

Johnson's lawsuit against Atlanta is the latest in an ongoing battle between unincorporated south Fulton County residents who want to annex into an existing city versus those who want to create a new city called South Fulton.

State lawmakers passed House Bill 514, giving residents in unincorporated south Fulton the option of becoming a new city. The bill, signed into law by Governor Deal, authorizes a November referendum. The legislation also gives residents until 1 July 2016 to annex out of the proposed city.

Property owners and registered voters have flooded Atlanta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, and Union City with annexation petitions since Governor Deal signed House Bill 514 into law.

South Fulton cityhood proponents have vowed to oppose every annexation petition until they get a vote on creating a new city. The pro-city group "Vote Yes South Fulton" recently went door-to-door in the Sandtown community, urging area residents to remove their names from the annexation petition.

Johnson et al v. City of Atlanta by Andre Walker