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POLL: Should Decatur Annex Suburban Plaza?

What do you think of Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd's suggestion that the city annex the shopping center to influence development there?

Last week, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd gave his State of the City address and spoke about an important issue for Decatur: Suburban Plaza, where developers want to build a Super Walmart.

Specifically, he . He also said he wanted to annex the commercial property at the corners of North Decatur and Clairmont roads.

He's clearly not a big fan of Walmart. Or developers like Selig Enterprises. He said so. It remains unclear what effect (if any) annexation would have on Selig's plans to build a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.

So, do you agree with him? Vote in our poll below and feel free to sound off in the comments.

Walter Winn April 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Well, it all depends......will the annexation be all the property from the current city limits between Medlock Road and Church Street/Sycamore Drive to N. Decatur Road or will Suburban Plaza be an island just sitting there with no connection whatsoever to the City of Decatur? If there is no connection, I would have to say "NO"......if the annexation included all of the above, "Maybe", and that would depend then on what a total annexation would do to our schools. More information is needed to form an opinion.
M. Elizabeth Wilson April 05, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Absolutely annex it! Decatur does NOT need a WalMart -- while Suburban Plaza could use a little updating, it does not need the mess that comes with this big (ugly) box store! While I do not live within the City of Decatur, I still consider it "my town," and love it, and don't want to see any part of its charming character destroyed.
Ms. April 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Since Suburban cannot be annexed without burdening the schools with the residential properties that come along with it (which the mayor well knows), it doesn't sound like it's a feasible plan. The mayor simply brought this up to score political talking points, which is unfortunate. I normally think highly of him, but wasn't a fan of this.
Nick April 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Maybe, if annexation and the increase in students would mean the Westchester School would reopen!
Rhoda Joyner April 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Decatur has been very successful in creating a business center that is welcoming and accessible - not a concrete desert like parking lot. Mayor Floyd advocates small businesses for many rather than one Walmart which would create jobs but with no overall community interest or support. Yes on annexation.
Lynn Herron April 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
If you think that annexing Suburban Plaza would stop Walmart, you are wrong. It is going to happen unfortunately. I also remember how much screaming and yelling was going on and all of the yard signs when Avondale was annexing properties in the recent past. There is no way to annex the shopping center into Decatur without including all of the other properties that will link Decatur up to the shopping center. Mr Mayor, you are wrong and it seems like this is wanted more for the money than the City's ability to control their zoning destiny.
Steve April 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM
The WM would happen regardless because it conforms to county zoning and the only necessary variance was approved. A city annexation would be after the fact and would give the city control of whatever else happens on the annexed property. If the city annexed and then moved to block WM, it would lead to a long and expensive court case that, IMO, the city would lose.
Mike Easterwood April 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I am only for annexation if the property owner wants to be annexed. This buzz about Suburban and the Publix Shopping center are nothing more than a grab for tax dollars. Decatur offers the property owners, meddling and harassment buy zoning officials, and "concerned" Decatur residents, topped off by the indiginity or PAYING the highest taxes in the metro area. Sound like a good deal to me! For Decatur.
Trixie in Dixie April 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I agree with Mike -- only annex when it's agreed-to from both sides. Who are we to just take what we want? Decatur wasn't interested in Suburban Plaza before this (or at least that I heard about) but now we think we have the right to just take it? How very arrogant.
Steve April 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Decatur was interested in both Suburban Plaza and the Clairemont/N Decatur Rd area before. There was a proposal to annex them both about 3 years ago, but is was laid aside due to concerns about the residential area's impact on the school system.
Jack Johnson April 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Annexation of Suburban Plaza is a good idea. In the 3 year plan indicated above, Decatur representatives also discussed annexation of the area off of Columbia and Katie Kerr. These area should also be annexed also. They have the potential to contribute to the overall value of the City of Decatur. It is time that the City of Decatur take the necessary actions to improve the area off of College Avenue near the Avondale Marta Station. Previous plans for this area are excellent and would increase the value of all in the area and secure our financial and qualify of life.
Steve April 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Remember that most of the annexed area on College is in Avondale's jurisdiction. Only the small section west of Sam's Crossing is in Decatur.
Mark Sanders May 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Mayor Floyd is only doing this to score political points. The city cannot stop WM regardless. Bad move mayor!!
Tammy August 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM
How does annexation of unincorporated county lands by a city work? Does the county have any say in the loss of the tax revenue?
bulldogger August 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The City of Decatur has been 4.2 Square Miles for 189 Years and has passed the test of time. As Mark Sanders stated above.....this is political. And I say it is not the stance I want Mr. Mayor Floyd to take.
Steve August 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Commercial areas may be annexed via a local act passed by the Legislature. This is what was done when the area between Decatur and Avondale was annexed and split between them. Residential areas may be annexed by local legislation and a majority vote of the property owners in the proposed area. In either case, the only influence the County has is to try to convince the Legislature and the property owners to vote again the annexation. If everyone is in favor, the County can't do anything about it.
Ralph Ellis August 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Tammy, I will check on this but I don't think the county has much control over the loss of tax revenue.
Steve August 20, 2012 at 02:29 PM
No it hasn't been 4.2 square miles for 189 years. It started out much smaller and over the years annexed various areas, the most recent being the area between Decatur and Avondale, to get to its present size.
Molly Badgett August 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I hate to think that people are going to vote for annexation -- and increasing their neighbors' property taxes -- to keep Wal-Mart out. Stop being ignorant! It's not going to matter a hill of beans; Wal-Mart is coming, regardless! Let's keep their (Wal-Mart's) taxes in the COUNTY.
Molly Badgett August 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The City of Decatur can't keep anything "cleaned up." Why think it will start with the annexation of Suburban Plaza?
Molly Badgett August 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Exactly. It's all about money.
Molly Badgett August 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
It's about the City's inability to do much of anything without more money to mismanage.
bulldogger August 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Hear, hear, molly......

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