Decatur approves annexation master plan

Decatur’s commission approved an annexation master plan that would add 1.5 square miles to the city’s current 4.5 and 7,310 more people to the present 19,000. Most significantly it would improve the real estate digest, currently 85 percent residential and 15 percent commercial, to a 76/24 residential/commercial split.

Although the vote was unanimous, it’s contingent on approval from the Board of Education.

A small area east of Jordan Lane—and northeast of the city—was deleted from the final map, along with several residences east of Decatur with Atlanta addresses. City Manager Peggy Merris said there is an overlap between an eastern section of Decatur’s annexation map and a map prepared by a Druid Hills collective wanting into Atlanta.