Chattahoochee Hills may annex land in Coweta

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Chattahoochee Hills might be expanding into Coweta County.

The city of Chattahoochee Hills, in south Fulton County, is considering annexing 178.78 acres on Shell Road in Coweta County.

It will be the first annexation for Chattahoochee Hills, which became a city following an incorporation vote in 2007.

The property is adjacent to the Serenbe development, and has been owned by Serenbe Properties LLC since 2003. Serenbe owner Steve Nygren originally purchased the property in 2000.

There has been some uncertainly whether the property would also be annexed into Fulton County or if it would stay in Coweta.

It "is not our intention” for the property to become part of Fulton County, said Mike Morton, city planner. “It’s my understanding that is not the intention of the property owner.”

Instead, Chattahoochee Hills would extend into Coweta County.

It wouldn’t be the only municipality to be located part in Coweta and part in another county. Nearby Palmetto is in both Fulton and Coweta counties, and Haralson is in both Coweta and Meriwether counties.

There is nothing in the law that prevents the city from growing into another county, Morton said. However, the rules on annexations are somewhat different when annexing property across county lines.

Coweta County has the right to object to the annexation. If the county does object, Chattahoochee Hills could challenge the objection in court. A judge would then determine whether the objection was correct or not, based on certain factors outlined in state law.

Officials from Coweta and Chattahoochee Hills will be meeting in early August to discuss the annexation proposal. Then, the Chattahoochee Hills City Council and Coweta County Board of Commissioners could take up the issue.

As of now, there is no proposed zoning for the property specific, said Morton. Under the city’s regulations, property is zoned R-1 when it is annexed, which is a residential zoning that allows one unit per acre. However, Morton said he will recommend that the property be zoned AG-1, which is the city’s baseline zoning and is what most property in the sprawling, rural city is zoned.

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