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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.

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