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Oakwood: Residents sought out annexation
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The city of Oakwood responded Friday to action taken by the Hall County Board of Commissioners on an annexation request that the city says was sought by the property owners.

Oakwood recently received an application from a group of landowners in the Holiday Heights subdivision in South Hall near Mundy Mill Road and McEver Road requesting to annex the property into the city. The owners are seeking to rezone six lots for office use.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its Thursday board meeting to formally oppose the annexation, saying it is not consistent with the current residential zoning.

"This annexation request was initiated solely by the landowners — and not the city of Oakwood," the city’s statement read. "At this point, the annexation request has merely been submitted and is in the initial stages. The next step will be an official review of the request before the Oakwood Planning Commission on Sept. 21. The Planning Commission’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the Oakwood City Council for consideration at a public hearing currently scheduled for Oct. 12."

City officials said in the statement that they were disappointed by the county’s vote.

"The mayor and council are disappointed that the Hall County Commission did not contact anyone with the city of Oakwood for more information about this annexation request. As a result, the Hall County Commission publicly criticized the proposal and voted in opposition without fully understanding the true facts behind this case."

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