Box 8, Folder 25, Document 3

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Box 8, Folder 25, Document 3

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CIT'r
OF ATLANlA
DEPARTMENT of PLANNING
700 CITY HALL
Atlanta., Georgia 30303
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,Jr- wvONT B. BEAN
r// / -ANNING ENGINEER
MEMORANDUM
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coLLIER 8, GLADIN
CHIEF PLANNER
To:
Ivan Allen, Jr •.
From:
Date:
Collier B. Gladin
Subject:
December 9, 1965
Sandy Springs Annexation
1.
Attached is a brief discussion of facilities and services, ex~sting
and needed if the Sandy Springs area is-\;8:nnexed as well: as sane other
pertinent infoqnation. Land Use is ·indicated on the map of North
Fulton County. Area · "A" is 1965 data; "B" and "C" are 1961 data.
2.
Sandy Springs is primarily residential area of low density development
where many Urban services are now provided by the City of Atlanta
under contract with Fulton County. The City performs these services
on a non-profit basis with the exception of water revenues.
3.
On a dollar and cents basis; it will cost Atlanta considerable money
to annex Sandy Springs. The existing level of services will have to
be improved, and if this area beco·mes a part of the City wate ,: rates
will have to be reduced, resulting in a substantial loss of r~venue.
As a general rule, taxes on residential properties are not adequate
to offset the cost of Urban services performed for them.
4.
Annexation of Sandy Springs would give Atlanta an elongated shape,
roughly similar to that of Fulton County, stretching nineteen miles
from the City Hall to Roswell on the north and ten miles to bt!yond
Ben Hill in the Southwest. If Fulton County industrial area and
the great sout~1est corporation properties are ever taken in t he
City, the Southwest distance becomes fourteen miles. These d i stances and the shape will present problems in administration , access,
and communication. Ideally a circular shape of eight to ten u iles
would be much more economical for the traxpayer and easier to ~dminister • . An Atlanta shaped like this would have at least 200, 000 more
people and eighty square miles more territory, most . of which would be
already densely developed with a variety of land uses which wo uld
complement .and support a desirable level of Urban ser vices ancl
fa ci lities .
5.
We wil l continue our .ef f or ts t o s e cure available dat a on this ar ea .
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