Chamblee, GA, February 24, 2017 – by Trey Benton – City of Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson said in a Friday statement, he and fellow Councilmembers believe a proposed Chamblee annexation will not move forward in this year’s General Assembly Session.
“The City of Chamblee has in the past, and always will listen to annexation requests and be open to the idea if it can be determined to have a positive impact on our community,” Mayor Clarkson says in the release. “However in this case, and after hearing from State Representatives, it appears that there is not enough time left in this legislative session for a proper analysis of the request.”
The “possible annex area” map and a request letter was submitted earlier in February to the City of Chamblee by John Oselette, a Northlake area resident, requesting Chamblee annex the Mercer University campus and areas close to Northlake Mall, for reasons of better services and a more certain future.
But like an annexation request Chamblee also declined to pursue last year, the timing of the submission cut short any efforts to get feedback from the existing Chamblee residents and to perform meaningful feasibility due diligence. Oselette told The Post the group does not have a formal feasibility study and was asking the City of Chamblee to crunch the numbers.
The “possible annex area” map, a map Oselette says Republican political consultant and LaVista Hills supporter Steve Shultz helped facilitate, showed Shallowford Rd. as the southern boundary, I-85 as the western boundary, I-285 as the northern and eastern boundaries. The proposed annexation area included Northlake Mall, Presidential Parkway, Mercer University and a mixture of residential and commercial areas in between. Approximately 12,000 people were included, according to Oselette.
Community members attending a February City Council Work Session told The Post the process should have begun 6 months ago, thereby allowing more time for all parties considered.