Clermont Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Mark and Valerie Kirves’ request to de-annex their 4-acre property off Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129. Their home decor business, Iron Accent, sits on the land.
The couple started the quest several months ago, saying the business never succeeded as they had hoped and that they believed they could cut their losses by selling the property.
The Kirves said they also believed the property would have higher value with a highway business zoning in unincorporated Hall County.
The Clermont Planning and Zoning Commission voted March 22 to recommend against de-annexation. Council members didn’t even discuss the matter Tuesday night before voting it down.
The couple wasn’t at the meeting, represented instead by their lawyer, Stuart Teague of Cumming.
“This was pretty much expected,” he said of the vote. “It was more of a formality than anything else.”
Teague said he plans to look at the town’s annexation policies and procedures to see if the property was properly annexed in the first place.
“It might be void from the start,” he said.