By Kristi Reed
A bill which will allow the City of Dacula to legislatively annex 75 acres along Winder Highway is on its way to becoming law.
HB 999 passed in the Georgia House on Feb. 21 and the Georgia Senate on March 12. The bill is now awaiting signature by Gov. Nathan Deal. In the absence of a signature, Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said the bill will automatically go into effect on June 1, 2014.
The 34 properties being annexed are along the western corridor into the city. The purpose of the annexation, according to city leaders, is to improve the gateway into the city which originates at Highway 316 and passes by the site of the planned mixed-use "Peak at University Parkway" development.
On Feb. 19, affected property owners met at Dacula City Hall to learn more about the annexation. During that meeting, city officials announced their intent to rezone most of the annexed properties as commercial. In total, the city plans to zone 70.15 of the 75 acres as C-2 (general business district) and 4.87 as M-1 (light industrial) once the annexation is official.
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