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Commissioner Jeff Rader plans meeting to discuss Emory annexation petition

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Commissioner Jeff Rader plans meeting to discuss Emory annexation petition

Main Quad on Emory University's primary Druid Hills Campus. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
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Main Quad on Emory University’s primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader is hosting a meeting on July 13 about the Emory University’s proposed annexation into the city of Atlanta.

In June, Emory – along with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – announced the filing petitions to be annexed into the city.

Rader’s meeting will be held Thursday, July 13, at the Central DeKalb Senior Center, 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

It’s billed as a “Clifton Corridor Annexation Meeting.” One of the goals of the annexation is being part of the Clifton Corridor light rail project.

In November, Atlanta voters overwhelmingly approved a sales tax to expand MARTA.

Rader has been a critic of the proposed annexation. When it was announced, he said the plan is likely to entice other areas to petition the city for annexation.

“Atlanta is less likely withhold rezoning,” Rader said in June. “A good example of that is the University Inn, which is on North Decatur Road and has been the subject of several proposals to put students there. If they were to see Emory annexed, why would they not try to annex to get the maximum density on the site?”

He also said Emory could propose new projects or new rezoning without the county’s “mediating influence,” and that could negatively affect surrounding neighborhoods.

“What we would like Atlanta to do is enter into intergovernmental agreements with DeKalb and agree they won’t do the follow-on annexation and consult with DeKalb when it came to substantial new zoning,” Rader said.

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