Atlanta moves to annex Cascade corridor

In an apparent move to keep the Cascade Road corridor of homes and businesses out of the proposed city of South Fulton, Atlanta has scheduled a June 15 public hearing on annexing the area.

Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms has introduced ordinances in the City Council, calling for the annexation of Cascade Falls, Cascade Manor, Martin’s Park and other parcels to the city and to the Atlanta Public Schools.

The land in question runs, generally, from the vicinity of Cascade Road and I-285 west along Cascade. It is an unincorporated area bounded on the north, east and south by the city of Atlanta. The hearing, to be conducted by the Council’s Finance/Executive Committee, is set for 1 p.m. June 15 at City Hall.

The annexations must be completed before July 1, or the area will become part of the map for South Fulton. Residents will vote in November on incorporating South Fulton under legislation passed this spring by the General Assembly.

Atlanta seeks to take in the area under the state’s “60 percent rule.” This rule allows a municipality to annex land if at least 60 percent of property owners and 60 percent of voters petition to be annexed, according to the Georgia Municipal Association.

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