The city of Arcade filed paperwork Dec. 19 with the Jackson County Board of Commissioners to annex over 1,000 acres in 16 tracts in South Jackson into the town.
Although it’s not clear in the county’s paperwork exactly who is behind the move, it appears to be driven by the international land investment firm Walton Georgia, which owns a significant amount of other property in the town and in Jackson County.
The reason for the annexation move isn’t stated in the paperwork, but it appears to be an attempt by Walton to find a “friendly” government to have its South Jackson property rezoned from agricultural, rural farm and low density family residential to high-density with a mix of commercial and high-density housing.
The Jackson County government has 30 days to file an objection to the move.
An earlier attempt in 2012 by Walton to have the Jackson County government rezone its 700-acre South Jackson tract was met with a firestorm of opposition from nearby property owners. Walton dropped that effort in August 2012. An earlier property owner also met opposition in having the property rezoned.
Walton Georgia is a subsidiary of the same company that proposes a 400-plus-acre mixed use development along Homer Road in Commerce. The rezoning request for that project has been withdrawn, but it is expected that the company will resubmit it.
For the full story, see the Jan. 8 edition of The Commerce News.