The City of Clarkston Proposed Annexations
The study focuses on 5 separate areas surrounding Clarkston. All five areas are primarily industrial and commercial, chosen to increase the tax base for the city while minimizing the need for additional city services. The overall map included in the study is deceptive in its scope, as it includes significant residential areas not proposed for annexation and not a part of the financial study. In fact, other than an optimistic cartographer, there is no real suggestion anywhere in the study that these residential areas are under serious consideration for annexation at all.
Several areas in the map, including significant residential communities not seriously proposed for annexation, are included in the proposed city boundaries for both Tucker and Briarcliff. While Clarkston may be a great town with a long and proud history, it does not have a particularly strong reputation locally and is therefore not a favorite of the adjacent communities, particularly those north and west of I-285 and north of US 78. There can be no reasonable hope or expectation that those areas would ever voluntarily choose to join with the City of Clarkston. Of particular interest in this regard are those neighborhoods off of McClendon Road, and south of Lawrenceville Highway, which include the Emory Northlake Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital, and the new John's Homestead Park enthusiastically adopted by the Tucker community. COBI has unfortunately chosen to redraw their map to totally disassociate themselves from those areas in the Clarkston annexation map, even those areas with no reasonable expectation of annexation. I suspect that the residents off of McClendon Road are sorely disappointed with this pusillanimous decision on COBI's part.
Maps of the proposed annexations, and the Annexation Study, follow after the break.
City of Clarkston, Phase II Overall Map, from the Annexation Study - Phase I and Phase II
(This map was pulled from the official Annexation Study, screen captured from the pdf file, page 8.)
The map shows both Phase I, and the four separate and distinct Areas proposed for Phase II. The four Areas of Phase II are primarily industrial and commercial in nature, while also including several apartment complexes. Additionally, this map also shows extensive surrounding residential that are not a part of either Phase, and are not included in the Study's financial analysis. In other words, the map shows areas that are not a part of any proposed annexation areas, but may be areas the City may have a future interest in.
Following is a pdf file of the Annexation Study presented to the Clarkston City Council. In review, it should be noted that the study focuses on the financial aspects of the formal Phase I and Phase II areas, and does not address, in any way whatsoever, the more extensive residential areas shown on the study area map.