Gwinnett County came out in opposition of Norcross’ proposal. Commission Chair Charlotte Nash stressed the need for a more in-depth look at the area and the potential impacts of annexation.
A “potential impacts report” completed by the county suggested that property owners would see a significant property tax increase should they be annexed into the city.
“Having more time to assess its potential impacts is helpful,” Nash said. “To date, we have identified and quantified just a portion of those for this proposal which, if approved, would be the largest annexation by a Gwinnett city in my memory.”
The proposed annexation area also surrounds the campus of OFS Brightwave Solutions, a significant portion of which Gwinnett County purchased last year in hopes of building a multimodal transit hub.
The fate of that hub got a little murkier with the failure of Gwinnett's MARTA referendum last month. But an annexation could hamper the county's ability to control growth and development in the area, officials said.