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Next Northside Forsyth expansion requires land annexation with Cumming
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CUMMING -- Northside Hospital-Forsyth is looking to expand its property, but it appears it will require an agreement between the county and its only municipality.

Forsyth County commissioners discussed at a work session on Tuesday, July 15 a request from the city of Cumming to annex three parcels for Northside Hospital-Forsyth. If approved, the city will take on about 13 acres of land near the hospital.

The two smaller parcels are located southwest of the hospital’s campus and account for about 4 acres, and the third is larger — about 9 acres — and located just across Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

Commissioners voted 4-1, with District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff opposed, to approve the annexation of a small parcel — about half an acre — near the Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) and Ga. 400 interchange at Exit 14. The property is currently zoned commercial business district.

Boff first made a motion to deny the annexation, which did not receive a second.

The properties are zoned agriculture and community business districts but would likely be changed to institutional use if annexed.
All of the hospital currently sits within city limits.

The Cumming City Council will discuss the annexations at their meeting this Tuesday.

One reason for pause mentioned by the county is that Cumming would take over a small portion of Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

“Whenever the city annexes on both sides of county right of way, they pick up the maintenance and obligation of the right of way to which they annexed on both sides. We saw that on Sanders Road,” County Attorney Ken Jarrard said.

The county and city had previously butted heads over Cumming owning a small stretch of Sanders Road, which was washed out after a dam collapsed during a period of heavy rain in May 2013 and became a source of strife between the two governments.

Sanders Roads reopened this May.

Jarrard brought a draft of a proposed agreement with the city on the future plans for such roads.

“The notion being is perhaps we approach the city of Cumming and set up some parameters of when we have mainly county roads that are bisected by the city there be an agreement as to who is going to be primarily responsible for maintenance,” he said.

The agreement will also likely be discussed at the upcoming city council meeting.