Sugar Hill prepares for annexation vote

SUGAR HILL - State legislators are expected to vote soon on Sugar Hill's legislative annexation of 37 properties near Ga. Highway 20.

Sugar Hill's City Councilmen placed zoning conditions on the properties in Monday's council meeting, just in case the annexation is approved.

Sugar Hill's Future Land Use Map designates the area as potential commercial. Hotels and motels will be allowed in the area if the developer is granted a special use permit. Prohibited uses include automotive repair and tire shops, automotive sales lots, boarding houses, contractors offices, equipment rental, fortune tellers, funeral homes and mausoleums, service stations, storage facilities, moving van or truck rental or taxi/limousine services.

In December, City Council members proposed annexing 274 properties. The move was intended to clean up the city's ragged boundaries and gain control of the Ga. 20 corridor, a gateway into the city.

State law allows cities to forcibly annex land islands, which are patches of county surrounded on all four sides by city. In this case, most of the unincorporated county properties in question are not completely surrounded by Sugar Hill's city limits, hence the reason for a legislative annexation.

Sugar Hill officials agreed to drop from the proposal any owner who was opposed to being annexed into the city, as long as that move did not create another land island.

To accommodate those disapproving landowners who would have become islands, more than 30 additional properties were also dropped from the proposed map in order to give that property owner a physical link to the city.

In other business, Dr. Bridget Jorgenson was appointed to Sugar Hill's downtown development authority, replacing Alan Jorgenson.