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New Annex Plan Would Add 511 Residents

Forty-two of them would be age 16 and under.

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss didn't have a headcount Monday night when she offered an annexation recommendation. She just sent the numbers to Patch.

Her plan would bring 511 new residents into the city, with 42 of those residents age 16 and under--that is to say, possible City Schools of Decatur students.

It breaks down like this:

  • The land on the northwest corner of the city ilmits with Emory Commons Shopping Center (called A.3 on the annex map) has an estimated 146 people, with 22 age 16 and under.
  • The land on the northeast corner with Suburban Plaza (called B.3) has 365 people, with 20 age 16 and under.

Merriss recommended Monday night that four heavily residential areas not be annexed right now.

If all six areas had been annexed, would have been added to the city, according to city government estimates.

The city thought the six areas would add 228 new city school students, but the school system estimated the number at 276.

A power point of Merriss's presentation to the city commission was posted on the city website Tuesday morning.

Ralph Ellis December 04, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Is this a manageable number of new residents and potential students? Sounds doable to me.
Norman December 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I do not like the whole spot zoning process that our local governments do. They pick and choose what they want based on how much money they think they can collect. Very disappointing.
Dan Woods December 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Sounds doable? Cherry picking valuable commercial property at the expense of unincorporated DeKalb taxpayers is not right. These land grabs are getting out of control. I think its time for the unincorporated residents surrounding Decatur and Avondale Estates to start making some noise.
wiggedout December 08, 2012 at 05:59 AM
What's sad is that if these tenants in these shopping centers have to pay more rent they might move. It really is time to make some noise! It's just wrong what's happening.

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