WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman heard it on Valdosta’s facebook livestream. The result was surprising only in that it was unanimous.
Bryce Ethridge, Valdosta Daily Times, Aug 24, 2021, City denies de-annexation request, approves park projects,
VALDOSTA — After tabling it at the last meeting, Valdosta City Council denied the de-annexation of 310 acres from the city.
This was a request made by the Uvalde Land Company for the city’s portion of the Cherry Creek Wetlands Mitigation Bank property located between the Withlacoochee River and Cherry Creek residential neighborhoods.
The company wanted the change for “wildlife management and recreational use” for a hunting ground.
The request, even before being brought up in the council meeting, was opposed by nearby residents, some of whom were concerned about being in the path of stray bullets because of their homes’ proximity to the area.
Mayor Pro-Tem Tim Carroll said the applicants can seek permits to hunt on the land while it remains within the city.
“None of the reasons given warrant the de-annexation of the property, especially when you consider there are a host of homeowners that have homes above this property,” he said. “They are citizens of Valdosta and they deserve to have their voices heard by their representatives.”
Carroll motioned to deny the request, followed by a unanimous vote in favor of the action.
Aerial of proposed de-annexation in 2021-08-05 Regular Session, Valdosta City Council
The picture is from the preceding City Council meeting, when they held the Public Hearing, before tabling at the landowner’s request.
Tim Carroll is visible behind the small monitor at the speaker’s podium. The de-annexation would have been from his City Council district, so, as is usual in such cases, the other Council members followed his lead, although some of them also had other reasons to deny.
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