This week, Norcross officials took a look at the proposed boundaries for the City Lite status sought by neighboring community Peachtree Corners—and not all of them liked what they saw.
At issue are the two area boarding Norcross to the east and west. “The map is consistent with what we’ve described over the years,” said Mike Mason, President of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association. “If you put the overlay district on top of Paul Duke's Peachtree Corners, you get the new map,” he said.
Mason said in a recent phone conversation that the Peachtree Corners Overlay District, approved in 2007, goes all the way to Buford Hwy.
But the official map (the second map pictured), approved on March 27, 2007 shows the Overlay District boundaries ending short of that road, at what appears to be the railroad tracks to the east and Peachtree Industrial Blvd to the west, with the addition of several subdivisions to the Peachtree Corners side.
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson spoke about the issue at Monday night's Policy Work Session. “They were encouraged to go to hard boundaries,” said Johnson at the recent meeting, referring to county lines and other clear markers.
Councilmember Andrew Hixson was vocal about his concerns. “We completely support the incorporation, but we have a problem with the map,” he said. He said he planned to contact his local representatives to speak more about the issue.
Mason said he recognizes that Johnson is a real supporter of the incorporation of the city. Johnson said he brought Mason documentation and paperwork to help him through the process.
But Mason said he just doesn’t know if Norcross will or won’t try to annex the land surrounding the City of Norcross. “I can’t say they won’t, “ said Mason. “Everyone does what’s in their best interest.”
Councilmember Charlie Rheim said that several years ago, the city did consider annexation of the area around Tech Park, but that, to his knowledge, there have been no plans or talk about this recently.