Rep. Mike Jacobs is shelving his controversial Brookhaven annexation bill for the rest of the current legislative session, he told a homeowners group March 14.

“The bill is on the shelf until the 2012 legislative session,” Jacobs told more than 40 members of the Murphey Candler Homeowners Association.

But Jacobs said the bill served its purpose by getting residents of the area between Chamblee, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs to start thinking about annexation or about starting their own city of Brookhaven.

Now he plans community discussions of what he calls “the municipal option” for the area, which is in DeKalb County and takes in communities around Murphey Candler Park, West Nancy Creek Drive and Silver Lake.

Jacobs said he plans to hold a community meeting at Chamblee First United Methodist Church on March 29 to discuss the options. He also planned to conduct a telephone poll of residents to determine whether they wanted to pursue annexation or the creation of a new city.

“If a city of Brookhaven is in the offing, we have to gauge what the interest is, which I think is pretty high,” Jacobs said.

He said he had received more than 100 e-mails in response to his report last week on the legislation and that they were 3-to-1 in favor of exploring “municipal options.”

Jacobs, who lives in the area, and Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody touched off community controversy when they introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would allow the area to be annexed into Dunwoody or, in a revised second draft of the legislation, Chamblee. Jacobs said  no annexations would occur without approval of the city council of the city annexing the area and a majority vote of the people in  the area to be annexed. Taylor also attended  the gathering of  Murphey Candler homeowners.

Jacobs’ legislative proposal said that when the establishment of a new city created a peninsula of unincorporated communities surrounded by cities, residents of the peninsula would have five years to seek annexation into the neighboring cities.

Joe Earle

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