Jul. 19, 2013 – Remember all the talk of the annexation of the 115 “island” properties into Gainesville not too long ago? Well that is all done and Gainesville City Council has set its sights on hundreds of other islands in Hall County.
According to the Times, the council voted earlier this week to go after the other properties after force-annexing mostly commercial properties, something it has attempted for years.
The original list of island properties was 561, but the final number it will try next is unclear.
The council voted 4-1 to annex, with Councilman George Wangemann voting against.
Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan said there may have been some strong reactions from residents who have opposed the plans in the past, but he cited the complaints from some county officials who have said the city “cherry-picked” certain properties for annexation as a reason to move forward.
The City Council considered trying to annex all the island properties in 2008 and tried to annex about 60 properties in 2009. The city has maintained the annexations are to clean up boundaries and create uniform zoning in gateway corridors.
Gainesville also recently amended its local annexation ordinance to try to reduce further legal action against its annexation plans. The city changed its ordinance to echo the state law, which has fewer advertising requirements.
Hall County consistently opposed the annexations until the city changed its code in June.
Copyright Glory 1330 2013