Two north DeKalb lawmakers have authored a bill that would allow Dunwoody to annex areas within four miles from its city limits.

The bill is intended as a “placeholder,” and does not mean any specific annexation efforts now are under way, said Rep. Tom Taylor, one of the authors.

Taylor said the bill was written because his fellow legislator, Rep. Mike Jacobs, had been hearing from constituents in areas of unincorporated DeKalb County that they were unhappy with the county’s services. The two legislators represent areas of north DeKalb that include Dunwoody, the Murphey Candler area and Brookhaven.

“He wanted to a vehicle in place” if discussions reached the point that residents decided to seek annexation into the city of Dunwoody or Chamblee, Taylor said.

The proposed legislation says that any city incorporated on or after Dec. 1, 2008, would be authorized to annex any contiguous unincorporated areas up to four miles from the city’s limits. That could allow areas in the Murphey Candler and Ashford Park portions of DeKalb to seek annexation.

If passed, the law would require any such annexation be approved by the city’s government, discussed in a public hearing and approved by a vote of residents of the area.

Taylor said the idea of introducing the legislation was “just to have something on the shelf” that could be used if residents desire annexation.

“It’s like putting the batteries away before a hurricane,” he said.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.