More than 100 acres will be annexed from Forsyth County to the city. Now the question is: which city?
Members of the Cumming City Council voted 4-0, with Councilman Lewis Ledbetter absent, to approve annexation of more than 100 acres on Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Atlanta Highway. However, the future of the land depends on whether local voters approve the proposed city of Sharon Springs.
“The property owners have made application to the proper authorities to annex seven parcels totaling 110.524 acres more or less and rezoning them to city highway business [district],” said Scott Morgan, city director of planning and zoning. “Three of the parcels have commercial structures on them, three parcels are vacant and one has a residence on it with plans to demolish the structure.”
The majority of the land lies between Ga. 400 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, with the between Ga. 400 and Atlanta Highway (Hwy 9.)
Zoning attorney Keisha Chambless, who was representing the landowners, said she had not heard any opposition to the annexation. There were no other speakers for or against the city during the public hearing.
If the proposed city Sharon Springs is approved by voters on May 22, the portion between Ga. 400 and Ronald Reagan would be in the new city.
That would also cause issues for rules requiring all of the city’s land being connected since the section between Ga. 400 and Ronald Reagan is not surrounded by any other city of Cumming parcels. Both Chambless and City Attorney Kevin Tallant said that would leave the city in an unprecedented situation.
“If that were to pass, the area that is outside [Sharon Springs] would no longer be contiguous to the city of Cumming, which, Ms. Chambless is right, there is no authority on how that is handled except for the fact under Georgia law, your annexation isn’t effective until the first day of the month following the month of adoption, which means the annexation wouldn’t be effective until June 1,” Tallant said. “If [Sharon Springs] were to pass on May 22, by June 1 it can’t be contiguous at that point.”