Officials with the City of Alpharetta have been quietly considering annexation across the county line into south Forsyth. They’ve sough the blessing of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to begin a courtship of property owners on the other side of McGinnis Ferry Road.
Up until now discussions have taken place in private and perhaps in executive sessions. But on Tuesday Forsyth’s Commissioners discussed the matter in public during a work session. This blogger wasn’t there but I’m told the commissioners roundly rejected Alpharetta’s advancements.
Following the creation of Milton and Johns Creek in 2006, Alpharetta found itself almost completely surrounded. The city’s only chance at expansion through annexation would have to come by way of Forsyth County. And even that option is narrow. Alpharetta’s border with Forsyth County is only about three miles along, stretching along McGinnis Ferry Road from Douglas Road to GA-400.
But grabbing land here may be to Alpharetta’s advantage. This part of Forsyth County is primarily zoned industrial, a land use that Alpharetta sees less and less these days. It may benefit the city to have a bit more.
Then there’s the land for the proposed Taubman mall on Ronald Reagan Parkway. The project has been stalled for years, yet still remains a prized piece of real estate.
And there’s residential in this part of the county, including where yours truly lives. Depending on how much of an annexation bite Alpharetta might take, I could be included. Residents along Shiloh and Old Alpharetta Roads would enjoy the amenities that come with being part of the City of Alpharetta. We certainly spent a lot of time in Alpharetta anyway.
And the idea of a new city in Forsyth also comes at a time when many residents are frustrated with land use decisions made in the county. The Forsyth HOA & Homeowners group recently kicked around the idea of incorporating a new city of Sharon Springs. It seemed to have decent support on their Facebook page. Residents weary of recent zonings certainly would consider annexation or new city incorporation as a way to gain influence in the process.
There’s a lot to consider in a plan like this. There may be advantages and disadvantages to all the parties involved. But it’s a conversation worth having, formally and in public. It’s disappointing that Forsyth’s been cold to the idea. Let’s discuss an Alpharetta in south Forsyth.