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March 17, 2015

Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms introduces legislation to support House Bills 586 and 587 that provide annexation of communities into the city of Atlanta

 

ATLANTA –Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms introduced legislation at Monday’s Atlanta City Council meeting that supports Georgia State House Bills 586 and 587, which would amend the Atlanta City Charter to change the corporate limits by providing annexation referenda for communities in Dekalb and South Fulton.

The legislation urges all members of the Atlanta delegation to support House Bills 586 and 587, both of which were introduced by Representative Pat Garner of the 57th District.

House Bill 586 allows the amendment of the City of Atlanta’s Charter to change the corporate limits to include part of Druid Hills, Briar Vista, LaVista Park, Clairmont Heights and Medlock communities, as well as Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control. House Bill 587 allows the amendment of the City of Atlanta’s Charter to change the corporate limits to include numerous communities along the Cascade, Camp Creek and Butner Road corridors.

The two annexations would be the City of Atlanta’s largest since 1952, bringing with it a world leading teaching and research institution, hundreds of thriving commercial and industrial businesses and one of the Federal Government’s most prestigious institutions. The legislation was passed by a vote of 14-0. 

“The Atlanta City Council has overwhelmingly expressed its support of the proposed annexations by passage of this legislation.  As both bills continue through the legislative process, we look forward to communities who have expressed a desire to annex within our boundaries having an opportunity to vote in November to make House Bills 586 and 587 a reality”.