Decatur Annexation Effort Dies in Legislature

The annexation plan never got a sponsor in the General Assembly, the city manager says.

Decatur's plan to annex two commercial areas died in the General Assembly.

City Manager Peggy Merriss said no legislator could be found to sponsor a bill in support of the annexation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In December, the city commission voted to annex two heavily commercial areas that included Suburban Plaza and the Publix-anchored Emory Commons Shopping Center.

Should the city try again to annex the land?

No referendum was needed because few residences were affected, Merriss said at the time. , which it never got.

The city went through long discussions before approving the failed annexation plan, including the potential annexation of six areas, .

Here are some previous Patch stories about annexation.

  • Decatur taxes bashed at annexation hearing.
  • Report says annexation would swell school system attendance.
  • Decatur school system starts annexation blog.
  • Decatur planning to annex.
  • Mayor says the city should annex Suburban Plaza.
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  • Could a 'City of DeKalb' affect annexation timetable?





bulldogger March 26, 2013 at 01:23 PM
It was a harebrained scheme to begin with. I wonder how much the mayor cost the city for his failed effort. Enough of this annexation of properties that homeowners/businesses don't want anyway. We're gonna have too many people in the city once all the apartments/townhouses/condos are built and once the next bust comes, it'll hit us in an extremely hard way.
Mike Easterwood March 26, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I agree that legislative annexations without the support of those annexed should be stopped. I have no problem with annexations that the people involved want. I was a little surprised that the city has in the potential of over 600 apartment units planned. That would be the Decatur Court, the Callaway building and the Triangle on Trinity.


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