A potential new city in Forsyth County is one small step closer to reality. Several citizens have formed a group to explore the possibility of incorporating a city of Sharon Springs.
The group, called the Sharon Springs Alliance, cites a lack of representation from Forsyth leaders as their main impetus. A website will emerge this week with more details. Fundraising efforts will also begin followed by a required feasibility study.
The Sharon Springs area of Forsyth is generally the southeast portion of the county but the group will seek to incorporate a very large swath of south Forsyth.
Personally this blogger is still undecided on this issue although I tend to lean in favor of the idea. The decision to form a new city can be a complicated one with a lot of economic and political dynamics at play. If anything it will create some interesting conversation and dialogue, something I look forward to having. Here are some early thoughts that crossed my mind…
Back in October Forsyth County rather spitefully rejected Alpharetta’s overture to annex across the county line. An incorporation of Sharon Springs makes that decision look pretty silly. Alpharetta would take a substantially smaller bite than Sharon Springs. Additionally, the north Fulton city offered to sweeten the deal with cash targeted for road projects. Sharon Springs would be in no position to do likewise. If I were Pete Amos (Forsyth Commission chairman), I’d start working on rekindling that romance with Alpharetta.
I’ve heard other rumors that Johns Creek might also be interested in annexing across the county line in the vicinity of Peachtree Parkway. If they are indeed interested in this idea then they had better act soon.
What are your thoughts on new cities in Forsyth County? Should it come in the form of new incorporation or annexation from Fulton County?