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Dacula to annex land to make way for future acquisition

DACULA - Owners of three properties along Stanley Road will not have to pay annexation and rezoning fees when they join Dacula.

The City Council this week voted unanimously to waive those fees to simplify planned future annexations from Ga. Highway 316 to U.S. Highway 29.

"I want to be clear and upfront. Dacula intends to annex all the property between (Ga.) 316 and (U.S.) 29," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said.

City officials are eyeballing undeveloped acreage west of Stanley Road. Should those properties apply for annexation into Dacula, it would create a 99-acre island of unincorporated Gwinnett County surrounded by city, which is illegal under Georgia state law.

To clear the path for future western annexations, city officials asked the owners of the three parcels if they would agree to be annexed into Dacula. All owners agreed to the proposal. The largest tract, 91.5 acres, is owned by Wilbanks' mother and cousin.

The fees, totaling $3,050, were waived because the city, not the property owners, initiated the three annexations.

Dacula approves personal-care home

Dacula's elderly residents will have a home close to their families. The City Council voted unanimously to approve rezoning 1.5 acres at the corner of Wilson Street and Third Avenue from residential to office/institutional to allow for a 23-bed personal-care home. Construction should start within two months.

Sandy Ballard, daughter of a nurse, has dedicated her adult life to caring for the elderly. She particularly enjoys working with Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Ballard began her career as a certified nursing assistant, moved into administration and later opened Magnolia Bloom Personal Care Home in Winder.

"I noticed that a lot of my residents came from Dacula," she said.

The building, named Magnolia Bloom Personal Care Home of Dacula, will be constructed of concrete fiber siding and at least 20 percent brick to retain a homey atmosphere. A dental office is being built across the street.