an objection to the annexation as they had in 2006 when Social Circle was seeking to annex 1,150 acres of county land. The annexation was ultimately repealed in March after the county heavily criticized it and filed a lawsuit.
“When you get down to it, we didn’t have the kind of law on our side that we did last time,” Griffin said.
The 334 acres of land has been rezoned to Agriculture District 2, according to Susan Roper, Social Circle city clerk. AG-2 districts are for large acreage, low-density developments of single-family dwellings.
The annexed land is comprised of five parcels. The vast majority of the land, approximately 320 acres is owned by Little River Ventures LLC.
According to Social Circle’s new procedures for annexation, newly annexed land may not receive a rezoning to a more intense density than stated in the official notice of annexation for one year.
Burgess said the city’s current plans are to leave the land’s rezoning as it is.
In other recent Social Circle news:
The Social Circle City Council set the date for a special referendum on the serving of liquor by the drink for March 17.
According to city officials, the city will continue to require that restaurants that sell hard alcohol earn more than 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of food so as to prevent the opening of bars and nightclubs within the city.
Currently restaurants can serve beer and wine within city limits. Malt beverages also can be sold at grocery stores and gas stations.