Druid Hills Annexation Update: Residents Notified of Possible Atlanta Annexation, Decatur Never Formally ApproachedDecatur Metro | August 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
From the AJC’s county by county wrap up on Sunday...
Druid Hills residents began receiving letters Friday informing them about options for joining a city like Atlanta or remaining in the unincorporated part of DeKalb County.
The letters, from Druid Hills Civic Association President Justin Critz, said annexation into Atlanta would be an opportunity to be part of the city’s growing development and its neighborhood planning unit system.
But Critz also said uniting with Atlanta presents challenges in the form of potentially higher taxes and the cost of some services.
The letter asks residents to pay attention in the coming months as the Druid Hills community considers its options.
On a somewhat related front, City Planning Director Amanda Thompson tells DM that the city has never been formally approached by Druid Hills to be annexed. Additionally, there would be some expected complications that would come with such a move.
There has never been a formal request from Druid Hills to be annexed into the city. I believe that Emory wishes to be identified with Atlanta. Annexing Emory would require some special emergency management services for the hospital, research and if the CDC was included that we do not provide now.
A recent AJC article on Druid Hills annexation options wrote off neighboring Decatur as an option “the city school system is already at its capacity and its government doesn’t want to add more residential properties”,